Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the TNT Tropang Giga and the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, scheduled on August 1, 2021, at 4:35 PM.
Tropang Giga made a triumphant return on Friday, after being out of action for more than a week due to the PBA’s COVID-19 guidelines.
In their 79-69 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday, the Tropang Giga debuted highly-touted Filipino American rookie player Mikey Williams.
However, Williams struggled in his first PBA game, finishing with only 7 points after only three practice sessions with the Tropang Giga preceding to Friday’s game. The 6-foot-2 NBA D-League player made two field goals from beyond the arc.
Williams, who was selected fourth overall by the Tropang Giga in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft, had shown promise, but veteran Troy Rosario carried the club to its first two victories.
Rosario produced a double-double effort for the Tropang Giga for the second straight game, scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds against the Elasto Painters, who have now lost two games in a row.
Rosario has a 13.5 point and 12 rebound per game average.
The Tropang Giga goes back to action this Sunday against Phoenix at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
Fuel Masters was zapped by the Meralco Bolts, 91-80, in their previous match.
Meralco led by as much as 21 points in the fourth quarter, 84-63, and pulled away to win their third game in a row. Phoenix, on the other hand, has had a stumbling start to the season, falling to 1-3.
Matthew Wright of the Phoenix topped all scorers with 29 points, but he also had five turnovers.
After missing the first three games due to a calf injury, Chris Banchero makes his season debut for the Fuel Masters. He had a point, three assists, and three turnovers in over 27 minutes of action.
The last time this two teams met, Tropang Giga outplay Fuel Masters and book first finals slot in last year’s PBA bubble. Some smothering defense and timed main gun eruptions for the Tropang Giga franchise handled the job.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.