The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa were able to tie the series at 1-1 and forces do-or-die game 3 after they defeated the Beermen, 93-88.
Jayson Castro two crucial plays at under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter saves the day for the KaTropa.
Castro initiated the side pocket three-pointer which Troy Rosario converted then on the following TNT ball possession, he took advantage slow mobility of June Mar Fajardo for a layup and another two points.
The five-time MVP was pulled out from the game before the five minutes mark in the final quarter as he was hit in his forehead and felt pain on his knee after he landed from fighting for a rebound.
Without the “Kraken” on the floor, TNT took advantage as they piled an eight-point lead, 86-78.
Beermen forward Christian Standhardinger came to the rescue as he scored four points straight and cuts the KaTropa lead to only four, 86-82.
Then it was a scoring drought for both team and as the game about to enter the last two minutes coach Leo Austria re-inserted Fajardo to the game.
Fajardo then once again demonstrated why he is the most dominant big-man in the league as he scored four straight points to tie the score to 86-all.
TNT guard Jayson Castro responded as well as Troy Rosario to keep the pressure on SMB side.
Alex Cabagnot had the chance to trim down the deficit to just a point after he got fouled by Brian Heruela from beyond the three-point territory with only 15 seconds remaining.
However, Cabagnot was 2-of-3 from that charity trip. They fouled RR Pogoy in the next ball possession who swished both freebies and iced the game.
“San Miguel played really well, buti na lang we made our shots, pumasok yong mga outside shots namin; last time hindi,” said TNT head coach Bong Ravena.
Talk ‘N Text vs San Miguel Box Score
Quarters: 20-19 | 54-43 | 73-68 | 93-88
KaTropa (93) – Pogoy 20, Castro 19, Rosario 15, Trollano 12, Reyes 9, Washington 5, Taha 4, Semerad A. 4, Williams 4, Heruela 1
Beermen (88) – Fajardo 26, Standhardinger 18, Cabagnot 16, Romeo 12, Ross 6, Lassiter 5, Santos 5