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Williams punches in large numbers to guide TNT previous Phoenix


Mikey Williams (middle) connected on 10 of 20 attempts from the flfloor to lead TNT past Phoenix. —PBA IMAGES

Mikey Williams (center) linked on 10 of 20 makes an attempt from the flfloor to guide TNT previous Phoenix. —PBA IMAGES

Mikey Williams’ second recreation since returning to the TNT fold was a much better one, proving that he wanted just some outings to get his legs again—and that contract negotiations however, he’s all in for his crew’s title protection.

The spitfire guard scored 11 of his 27 factors within the fourth quarter—together with seven straight throughout a key breakaway—as TNT displayed the spunk of a champion Sunday evening to whip Phoenix Tremendous LPG, 87-72, and prolong its profitable methods within the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Middle.

“The important thing with Mikey that lots of people don’t know is that he’s very coachable … and coachability is the mark of a real skilled,” TNT coach Chot Reyes mentioned of his ward, who missed 5 video games for the Tropang Giga attributable to long-drawn contract negotiations which can be nonetheless ongoing.

“I believe the vital half was we needed to hold our player-coach relationship robust and differentiate that from the player-manager relationship. So I believe that was a giant step with what you’re seeing now, that regardless of [how] protracted negotiations [are], the communication as participant and coach stays very direct, very open,” he added.

Williams additionally completed with six boards, seven assists, and a pair of steals in solely his second recreation again for the Tropang Giga. He keyed a 15-2 breakaway within the ultimate body because the Tropang Giga raced to a 77-63 lead en path to their fifth win in seven outings.

“We simply gave ourselves sufficient alternatives to get photographs up, and you understand Mikey, for those who give him plenty of alternatives, he’s going to make these photographs,” Reyes mentioned.

Williams completed with 15 factors, three rebounds and 6 assists in his first recreation again, an 89-85 victory over Rain or Shine. However he shot simply 5 of 20 (25 %) from the ground then. This time, he made half his 20 makes an attempt.

Phoenix battled TNT tooth and nail for 3 quarters, even tying the sport late within the third at 58. However the Tropang Giga slowly pulled away earlier than dropping the Gasoline Masters to their fourth loss in six matches.

“We knew [the Fuel Masters] would come out very, very robust after their final recreation. We simply had to have the ability to climate that preliminary surge,” Reyes mentioned.

Additionally a think about Phoenix’s robust begin, in line with Williams, was the truth that the Gasoline Masters had been enjoying towards the defending champs.

“We simply gotta know that each crew is gonna give us their greatest” Williams mentioned. “We simply bought to proceed to organize, proceed to work, simply proceed to work on issues that coaches and everyone else is instilling on us to get back-to-back [titles].

“We all know it’s not going to be straightforward, we all know day in time out it’s gonna be a troublesome activity. We simply wish to put every thing collectively and play a full 48, [minutes of basketball]” he added.

Williams is assured that contract talks will lastly finish effectively for each side, however within the meantime, not one of the negotiations is affecting the squad.

“Regardless of the contract negotiations ongoing, we’ve been capable of compartmentalize,” mentioned Reyes.

Roger Pogoy added 20 for TNT, whereas Glenn Khobuntin added 9 extra that went with 10 rebounds.

Phoenix bought the products from Sean Anthony and Tyler Tio who each had 13 factors. Javee Mocon added 12 and RJ Jazul 11. However with franchise cornerstone Matthew Wright scoring solely three factors, the Gasoline Masters finally didn’t sustain with the Tropang Giga. INQ


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