Six-time Barangay Ginebra champion import Justin Brownlee headed to the dugout ahead of the rest late in the third quarter with a towel over his head.
At the end of the game, the TNT Tropang Giga marched to the showers victorious, one win away from wrapping up the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.
The Tropang Giga made the most of Brownlee’s early exit, essaying a 104-95 victory for the pivotal 3-2 lead in the race-to-four-games series Wednesday night before a crowd of over 10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With Brownlee gone, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and his teammates kept their feet on the pedal and didn’t let the opportunity slip away, clinching the crucial win on an 8-0 closing punch.
Hollis-Jefferson piled up triple-double numbers with 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Calvin Oftana contributed 20 markers, including four treys plus eight boards with four other TNT players contributing double-digit output as the Tropa snapped the back-and-forth sequence in the series.
With back-to-back wins, coach Jojo Lastimosa and the TNT gang finally grabbed the series upper hand with a chance to win it in Game 6 Friday or in Game 7, if necessary, Sunday.