TNT veterans seemed to have found the fountain of youth.

Kelly Williams stretches for a layup (Noel Pabalate)

After Jayson Castro turned back the hands of the time in the first couple of games in the series, it was Kelly Williams’ turn to put up a vintage performance and power TNT to a crucial 102-93 triumph and move on cusp of its second straight Philippine Cup title in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Finals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Williams put up an inspiring performance all-game long to help the Tropang Giga buck the absence of Castro who went down with an ankle injury with 7:29 to go in the third frame.

Kelly then connived with Mikey Williams and RR Pogoy and anchored a huge third quarter breakaway to send the Beermen to their first back-to-back losses in the conference for a 3-2 series lead.

Kelly posted a conference-high of 21 points built on four triples along with nine rebounds while holding the ground against June Mar Fajardo who was limited to just five points in the first half.

Mikey dropped 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter on top of five assists and four rebounds. He also drilled six three-pointers, two of which he unloaded during a searing 14-2 finishing kick in the same quarter that allowed the Tropang Giga take an 84-75 lead heading into the payoff period after trailing by three, 73-70.

Pogoy, after a four straight 20-point output in the first four games, settled with just 14 but had six rebounds.

Source: Manila Bulletin (