After failing to close out Game 2, the TNT KaTropa made sure to put a stamp on the game early on to take the series lead. They beat the San Miguel Beermen, 115-105 to jump out to a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven match up.
Terrence Jones nearly had another triple-double performance with 27 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. RR Pogoy caught fire in the game, dropping 29 points and five triples. Don Trollano added 18 points, continuing his solid run as a TNT starter. June Mar Fajardo had 27 points to lead San Miguel.
As a team, TNT exploded for 15 three-pointers at an efficient 39% clip. Their outside shot was the difference in the game as they rained down triples during key stretches of the game.
Early in the game, it looked like San Miguel took momentum from their grueling Game 2 win into Game 3. They took a 17-point lead early in the game, 36-19. Terrence Romeo nailed a triple in the early goings of the second period to help the Beermen build that advantage.
Unfortunately for San Miguel, their haymaker came too early in the game. TNT quickly launched an epic counter punch to not only get back, but take full control of the game.
The run started off innocently with some free throws by Jones and Jayson Castro. Jones continued his onslaught with six straight points off a three-pointer and a bucket inside. He was joined by Pogoy and Castro who got scores in the paint as well. Jones capped off the run with a triple and when the smoke cleared, TNT uncorked a 24-0 run. That run was the second-highest unanswered run in PBA Finals history.
San Miguel was held scoreless for more than seven minutes in the second quarter, allowing TNT to take control of the game. The KaTropa managed to take a five-point lead heading to the half. With momentum on their side, TNT was able to build a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, sealing the crucial win.
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