The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 5 against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters at 7:00 P.M. on June 30, 2017 in Smart Araneta Coliseum.
KaTropa found the needed adjustment and was able to even the series to 2-2 and their championship game against the Beermen is now reduced to best-of-three.
There are few scenarios in the PBA that after a player received a prestigious award like the Best Player of the Conference or Best Import it doesn’t end well for the recipient.
That was exactly what happened to Chris Ross and Charles Rhodes in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Ross who was consistent with his 16 points and 8 assists average in the first three Finals outings went struggling with only 8 points and 4 assists.
The best local player of the second conference wasn’t really a factor in that game.
Charles Rhodes who was named Best Import prior to the start of the match was thrown out in the fourth quarter after he committed his second technical foul.
Actually, coach Nash Racela used those awards to motivate his team and the result was great for the KaTropa.
“After they got their awards, I huddled the team. I told the guys let them get the individual awards, but let’s get the team award,” said Racela.
Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy and Ranidel de Ocampo were the players who was seen that really took the challenge of their coach. Especially Pogoy who was scoreless in Game 2 and Game 3 after a superb performance in Game 1.
The Talk ‘N Text rookie scored 14 points shooting 66% from the field. Castro still consistent with his 17 points while RDO added 13 points.
Troy Rosario who was rarely used in the first three games came big in the fourth game. He tallied 13 points and most of those came from the mismatches.
Coach Nash Racela’s adjustment was to use his big lineup. Also, for the first time this second conference playoffs, we have seen Joshua Smith in TNT first five line-up.
“They went to Josh (Smith) a lot and they played three bigs to attack our wings. Pero okay pa rin naman because the game was close. What more if we’re more organized,” said Austria.