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Game 5 will be a war, says Racela

The question of which players step up in one of the most important games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals will be known tonight as TNT KaTropa and the San Miguel Beermen go for a 3-2 lead in Game 5 of their best-of-7 series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

TNT leveled the series two nights ago with a 102-97 victory, thanks largely to the timely heroics of Jayson Castro and import Joshua Smith. But there were others who did their parts in foiling San Miguel’s bid for a commanding 3-1 lead.

TNT's Jayson Castro fires a jumper over SMB's Chris Ross.
Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario, quiet for most of the series, scored 13 points apiece while combining for eight rebounds even as rookie Roger Pogoy broke out of two straight scoreless games with 14 points to set the stage for a thrilling duel near the homestretch of the title showdown.

The scattered contributions of the KaTropa were something that the Beermen lacked, namely Best Player of the Conference Chris Ross, import Charles Rhodes and prized center June Mar Fajardo.

Ross could only show eight points while turning the ball over four times, Fajardo fouled out after incurring problems guarding the immense Smith while Best Import Rhodes was ejected for two technical fouls, highlighting San Miguel’s rough evening.

The 7 p.m. tussle will be perhaps about which of these protagonists can make most out of their talent-rich rosters.

Source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/06/30/pba-game-5-will-be-a-war-says-racela/

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