Amid stellar performance, Williams credits teammates for neutralizing entire SMB arsenal

Denison Rey A. Dalupang [ Source: Philippine Star ] - February 17, 2017

 From left: TNT KaTropa's Larry Fonacier, Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo during Game Five of their semifinals series with San Miguel Beer at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Thursday. | Composite Image/PBA Media BureauMANILA, Philippines — TNT’s Kelly Williams said it’s hard guarding the PBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player.

So on Thursday night, he played hard. At 35, he banged with bodies, scored relentlessly, cleaned the glass and orchestrated offense — all that as if it’s 2008.

And it seemed to have rubbed off on his teammates, especially the ones who have been through many battles.

In the tightly contested Game Five of the Philippine Cup semifinals Thursday, San Miguel’s core team — composed of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross — were firing on all cylinders.

But so did the KaTropa’s own. Ranidel De Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes and even Larry Fonacier all registered points in that skirmish.
 
TNT’s bunch of old hands matched the firepower of the same Beermen quintet that steered the club to three championships in the last three seasons.

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