After the TNT KaTropa disposed of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game 4 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis series, 103-92 on Thursday, the franchise’s key players shared their excitement about having a chance to end their championship drought.
RR Pogoy, who was instrumental in the 3rd quarter where he fueled a run by scoring 10 straight points, hopes this time, his finals stint would translate to winning the trophy.
“Matagal na, first year ko pa lang yung last finals ko. Nakabalik ulit so sana tuloy-tuloy na,” said Pogoy, whose first finals appearance coincidentally happened in the Commissioner’s Cup of the 2017 season.
TNT lost to San Miguel in that series, 4-2.
Meanwhile, Terrence Jones, who notched a 24-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Game 4, mentioned that they want to give a championship to their organization.
“We worked very hard this all year and we are going to continue to have that same belief … we haven’t won in a long time so we are the underdogs and we will come in excited to win something special for our organization,” said Jones.
TNT last tasted finals victory in 2015 in the same mid-season conference when it beat Rain or Shine, 4-3 in a dramatic series.
Ace playmaker Jayson Castro, meanwhile, shared that the KaTropa set their expectations high at the beginning of the conference with Jones in tow.
“Sinet namin na malaki ang potential namin mag-finals … Buti naman maganda yung result,” he said.
Castro, who had 20 points in the semis series clincher, looks to finish the job to add another piece of silverware across his celebrated PBA career before it officially ends.
“Sobrang napakalaking challenge sa sarili ko. Halos andoon na ako sa patapos na ang career ko. Ito yung time na gusto kong manalo ng championship. Syempre Terrence, sobrang fit sa amin. Sobrang tagal na rin naming hindi nagcha-champion.”
TNT will face the winner of the San Miguel-Rain or Shine series, which the Beermen currently lead, 2-1.