CAN HE PLAY? TNT guard Jayson Castro (17) sprained his ankle in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel last Wednesday. He is a doubtful starter for the Tropang Giga in Game 6 tonight, Sept. 2, 2022. PBA IMAGE
CAN HE PLAY? TNT guard Jayson Castro (17) sprained his ankle in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel last Wednesday. He is a doubtful starter for the Tropang Giga in Game 6 tonight, Sept. 2, 2022. PBA IMAGE

COACH Chot Reyes and the old reliable players from TNT are no strangers to winning back-to-back championships in the PBA and the Tropang Giga will try to repeat such a feat as they gun for their second straight all-Filipino title tonight.

The Tropang Giga try to end their Philippine Cup best-of-seven championship series in six games tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum against the San Miguel Beermen, who are battling for survival and looking to extend the series to a no tomorrow Game 7 encounter.

Game 6 begins at 5:45 p.m.

TNT guns for its ninth title in the league, and its sixth in the Philippine Cup.

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Reyes, Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes were part of the TNT team that won back-to-back in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

In fact, TNT was able to make it a three-peat when the team also won the 2013 edition, but the squad, known as the Phone Pals, were coached by Norman Black and not Reyes.

Last Wednesday, the Tropang Giga were able to salvage a crucial victory in Game 5, 102-93, despite having several players nursing injuries.

Castro badly sprained his ankle in the 7:29 mark of the third period after stepping onto the foot of Marcio Lassiter.

The hobbled Castro was still able to hit his two free throws after the play before heading back to the bench and did not return in the game.

Reyes also disclosed that his big man, Poy Erram, hurt his ankle in practice as well, but showed his warrior mentality and continued to play on.

No pain, no gain seems to be the mantra of the Tropang Giga as they give their aching bodies another push for a very important task of clinching the title tonight.

Wednesday's victory also showed Kelly Williams grabbing the spotlight.

The 40-year-old center/forward scored 21 points, built around four triples and got the better end of the battle of the ages match up with six-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.

PBA head of stats Fidel Mangonon 3rd confirmed that Williams is the first 40-year-old to score at least 20 points in a championship game in more than three decades.

The Big J Robert Jaworski, then playing coach of Ginebra, scored 20 points in Game Two of the 1991 First Conference best-of-seven championship series against Shell.

For the Beermen, staying alive will be its battle cry, hoping to live and fight for another day.

Game Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 5:45 p.m. TNT vs San Miguel