Kelly Williams finally returned from isolation, Poy Erram played through a broken cheekbone and the whole TNT Tropang Giga played an inspired game.
They overpowered and overwhelmed a stunned San Miguel Beer side, hacking out a 110-90 rout to move to the doorstep of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Now with a virtual twice-to-beat advantage, the Tropang Giga take their first attempt at closing out the best-of-seven series at 3 p.m. Friday.
Williams and Erram provided tremendous boost just with their presence that the Tropang Giga badly missed in their shattering 90-116 defeat in Game 4.
And with the TNT shooters also finding their marks, the Tropang Giga blasted the Beermen as they did in a previous blowout win in Game 3, 115-98.
Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Kelly Williams and Erram put in double-figure outputs as the Tropang Giga once again dominated the Beermen and put themselves in a position to win the series Friday or Sunday.
TNT coach Chot Reyes said Williams and Erram were big factors with their “huge minutes put even in a not so ideal situation.”