Despite an obvious limp, TNT KaTropa import Joshua Smith hit a game-winning hook shot over the league's reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo as they took the Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, 104-102, against San Miguel Beernmen on Wednesday, June 21.
Smith, who did not start for TNT, finished the game with 21 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.
Rookie RR Pogoy, the best player of the game, scored a career-high 27 points to lead the TNT offense. Jayson Castro had a near triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
San Miguel started the game strong led by import Charles Rhodes with his 21 points in the first quarter alone. But he did not score in the next two quarters and finished the game with 31.
Fajardo had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in losing effort.
Game 2 is on Friday, June 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.