In the absence of Jason Castro, there is Kelly Williams to the rescue. TNT took down San Miguel Beermen 102-93 on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 40-year-old Kelly Williams dropped 21 points of four three-pointers, the last throw, which served as the dagger with 1:06 left, dashed the Beermen’s objective of pulling underneath the Tropang Giga.
The former league MVP shot 57 percent from the floor and collected nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals as he helped his side buck the loss of Jayson Castro, who rolled his ankle during third canto and never looked back.
Williams humbly said he just went out there and did his part. The 6-footer also pulled a remarkable job making it hard for SMB giant June Mar Fajardo, who was limited to just 20 points and 16 rebounds.
On the other hand, Mikey Williams best scored with 23 points, 12 of which he gained in the third quarter, which also all beyond the arc. He also led a 14-2 run that turned a three-point deficit to an 84-75 lead for his side entering the final period.
Tropang Giga went on to lead by 11 points but SMB just did not give up, knocking to within just four points twice behind Mo Tautuaa with less than four minutes left on the clock.
However, that is when the frontcourt vets come in. Poy Erram threw down a one-handed jam off a Williams dime before the latter took his turn and made the savage triple for five points en route to the 100-91 edge.
Despite Erram playing with a leg injury, suffered during practice a day before Game 5, turned 17 points, seven rebounds, and game-high three blocks for TNT.
RR Pogoy also added 14 markers and 6 rebounds.
Jericho Cruz blanked the giant June Mar Fajardo with 16 markers in the loss. San Miguel’s second in a row after winning Games 2 and 3.
Mo Tautuaa had 12 points while CJ Perez ended with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Vic Manuel had 10 points as well.
Game 6 is on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
TNT 102- M.Williams 23, K.Williams 21, Erram 17, Castro 8, Rosario 6, Pogoy 5, Khobuntin 4, Marcelo 4, Montalbo 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 2.
San Miguel 93 – Fajardo 20, Cruz 16, Tautuaa 12, Perez 10, Manuel 10, Ross 9, Enciso 6, Brondial 6, Lassiter 4.