Mon. Dec 5th, 2022
Chot Reyes and Tropang Giga come to the Kings in a tight loss.  —PBA IMAGES

Chot Reyes and Tropang Giga come to the Kings in a tight loss. —PBA IMAGES

Given the types of roster TNT and San Miguel have and the massive imports they need to sign up for, it would be crazy for anyone to think that the PBA Commissioner would have both teams fighting for their lives late in the qualifying round. Glass.

Look whose back is against the wall now.

“That’s it,” said TNT coach Chot Reyes, after Tropang Giga’s 89-85 loss to Ginebra last Sunday night made the path to the playoffs even more difficult.

Reyes has found a glimmer of hope in this loss, which keeps his fiery mentor hopeful as he enters the final two-do-or-die game.

“I am very happy with the efforts of the players. We fought a lot. We never gave up, we fought until the end. [second]. Unfortunately, we fell short.

“This [kind of] the game we want,” Reyes continued. “And now all we can look forward to is the last two games.”

Imports Cameron Oliver was eliminated due to a knee injury, and Reyes will reveal Matt Mobley in a 3 p.m. game against the league-leading Bay Area at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

“If it turns out well,” Reyes said when asked if Mobley was asked to play in the end-of-season Governors’ Cup, where the height limit for imports is 1.85.

The Beermen, meanwhile, are in the 4th-5th place with three games left. They battle the mild but still rejuvenated Terrafirma in a 6pm match where San Miguel reactivates guard Terrence Romeo.

TNT will need nothing less than a scan of their last two games to keep themselves in the next round race. After Dangerous Dragons, Tropang Giga battles the Brewers on Saturday.

Losing only to Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra, the Bay Area will be a major hurdle for Reyes and his charges.

Visitors have their eyes fixed on one of the two playoff bonuses to bounce. Investigation

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