MANILA -- TNT showed its championship pedigree on Magnolia with a 108-96 win at the start of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Led by another explosive game from Mikey Williams, the Tropang Giga quickly deposed the Hotshots from start to finish to draw first blood in their best-of-seven series, although the PLDT franchise had to repulse a fourth-quarter threat from the Purefoods squad.

Williams finished with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal, while RR Pogoy added 23 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block.

Calvin Abueva put up 18 points, eight rebounds, and one assist, while Jio Jalalon, Ian Sangalang, and Aris Dionisio each added 14 markers for Magnolia even as Dionisio also tallied 13 boards for the double-double. (PNA)