TNT wins finals opener vs. SMB

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

August 22 2022, 8:00 am

MANILA – Jayson Castro called game for TNT Tropang Giga as the team began the PBA Philippine Cup Finals with an 86-84 win against San Miguel Beermen on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

In front of 8,548 fans, which included returning Gilas Pilipinas player Jordan Clarkson, Castro broke the Beermen's hearts right at the final horn when he scored a two-dribble pull-up against Simon Enciso to give the Tropang Giga the win.

Castro's clutch jumper made up for Poy Erram's foul that led to Vic Manuel's three-point play that tied the game at 84-all with 53 seconds left.

RR Pogoy led TNT with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting including 4-of-6 on threes, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

June Mar Fajardo, the current stats leader for the Best Player of the Conference, led Beermen with 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting, 16 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks, while CJ Perez added 21 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. (PNA)