TNT moves closer to return to PBA Philippine Cup finals

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The TNT Tropang Giga blasted the Magnolia Hotshots, 102-84, in Game Four to move a win away from booking a spot in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup finals on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Big man Poy Erram secured a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Cebuano wingman Roger Pogoy had 18 points of his own as TNT took a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Mikey Williams also came alive in the fourth, where he scored 12 of his 15 total points, after a listless first half that saw him tally none. Troy Rosario also tallied 15 markers as TNT took full control of the match in the second half where they led by as much as 23 points.

Ian Sangalang led Magnolia with 19 points while Paul Lee finally came alive in the scoring department, putting up 17. However, Calvin Abueva managed just four points as he was plagued by foul trouble.

Meanwhile, the Meralco Bolts evened up their semifinals series against San Miguela at 2-2 with a 111-97 victory in Game Four.

Aaron Black had 21 points, seven boards, and seven assists, while Allein Maliksi put up 19 as the Bolts pulled away in the third canto. A huge part of Meralco’s breakaway was Raymond Almazan who scored 12 of his 17 points in that pivotal stretch.

CJ Perez had 24 points, Marcio chipped in added 23 while June Mar Fajardo had 21 points and 13 rebounds for San Miguel.