A SUDDEN collapse in the extra period proved to be costly for the TNT Tropang Giga in Game 1 of the 2020 Philippine Cup Finals last Sunday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga.
The Tropang Giga will try to atone from that sorry loss and avoid falling from a 0-2 haul when they square off anew with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 2 of the best-of-seven slugfest on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra drew first blood in Game 1 with a 100-94 overtime win to take a 1-0 edge.
TNT appeared headed for the victory in the fourth period when Jay Washington and Jayson Castro lit up from beyond the arc with less than two minutes to play in the fourth period.
Washington hit back-to-back treys and tied the game at 88 all with 1:07 left to play in regulation. Castro drained a trey of his own with 36.6 ticks left to push TNT ahead 91-90.
The three-point barrage of Washington and Castro erased an 82-86 deficit.
TNT’s defense then forced Ginebra’s star guard Stanley Pringle to commit a turnover in the dying seconds of the game, giving TNT a chance to extend its lead.
Ray Parks Jr. left the window wide open for Ginebra after he split his charities, 92-90, with 12.2 seconds left in the regular period that set up the stage for Ginebra’s game-tying play.
LA Tenorio showed off his playmaking prowess, dribbling around until he found the cutting Arvin Tolentino, who rose up for a wide-open layup that tied the game at 92-all.
Still, TNT had the chance to win the game with the last play. Castro drove hard to the basket and was able to somehow create separation from Tenorio for a running shot inside near the free-throw line.
But Castro’s floater went too strong and Ginebra heaves a sigh of relief.
TNT suffered a dry spell in the extra five minutes of play, failing to score in the first three minutes and 40 seconds. RR Pogoy finally ended the drought at the 1:20 mark, but that proved to be the only field goal for TNT in overtime.
Adding insult to injury was when TNT’s leading-scorer Parks fouled with 31 seconds left to play.
TNT was uncharacteristic from the field in Game 1 with a 34-for-86 shooting clip or 39 percent field goal percentage.
Ginebra also outmuscled TNT in the rebounding as the Gin Kings pulled down 60 rebounds, while TNT had 41.
Parks had 20 points but it came from 7-of 19 shooting clip or 36 percent, while Castro had a dismal 4-for-13 shooting good for 12 points.
Both teams will get a quality rest as Game is set on Wednesday.