Jayson Castro for his part fell just a rebound short of a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists. Although he continued to struggle in the playoffs as he shot 6 of 17 from the floor, the two-time best point guard in Asia hit a clutch three with 44 seconds left to give the Texters a 102-99 lead.
But the Beermen managed to tie the game at 102 after hitting three from the foul line, the last two courtesy of Chris Ross, the leading contender for the Best Player of the Conference award, in the final 7.6 seconds.
The 25-year-old import dribbled his way to the basket before pulling off a hook shot against June Mar Fajardo that bounced twice off the rim before trickling in with 1.6 seconds to go.
Left with no timeout, San Miguel went to gunner Marcio Lassiter for the final shot that was way off the mark at the buzzer in a surprising twist to the start of the best-of-seven finals.
The Final Scores Result:
TNT 104 – Pogoy 27, Smith 21, Castro 14, Garcia 13, Rosario 10, Tautuaa 7, Semerad 5, Williams 5, Rosales 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0.
SAN MIGUEL 102 – Rhodes 31, Fajardo 18, Cabagnot 16, Ross 11, Santos 11, Lassiter 8, De Ocampo 6, Espinas 1, Tubid 0.
Quarterscores: 24-31, 56-51, 75-73, 104-102.