Texters forge seventh game; Castro sparks 3-3 deadlock

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GAME SUNDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
7 p.m.—Talk ‘N Text vs Petron Blaze

MANILA—Talk N’ Text’s Grand Slam quest just got propped up by the “Limping One.”

Jason Castro played with pain in his right knee and sparked the Tropang Texters to a 104-78 victory over Petron Blaze that sent the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals—and their Triple Crown bid—into a deciding Game 7.

Declared out for the rest of the series by his own coach because of the ailing knee, Castro came off the bench when the Texters trailed in the first quarter and hit his first six shots to give them the lead for good, before playing with sustained brilliance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to key the victory.

The rubber match is set Sunday at 7 p.m. also at the Big Dome.

Maurice Baker, who just had one full day of practice, also justified his reactivation by holding Petron import Anthony Grundy to the minimum and coming up with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

Castro finished with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists and declared himself ready for the rubber match.

“[The knee] is hurting, but I tried all game not to think about it,” Castro said in Filipino. “I really wanted to focus on the game. I guess it’s adrenaline that got me going and the desire to help the team win.

“Game 7? Of course, I will play.”

Ranidel de Ocampo scattered 21 points and had nine rebounds to pace the Texters, while Arwind Santos hit 19 points and had 14 boards for the Boosters, who trailed by as many as 28 points and were actually goners by the time the third quarter ended.

“All we did was tie this series,” Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes said. “We came into this game needing to play 96 good minutes. We just won the first half. We now have to find a way to gut out one more win on Sunday.”

After shooting 26 points and hauling down 11 rebounds on Wednesday, Grundy was held scoreless in the first two quarters and to just five for the game despite taking 13 attempts and playing for 40 minutes.

The scores:

TALK ‘N TEXT 104—De Ocampo 21, Castro 19, Baker 18, Alapag 16, Carey 8, Williams 7 , Peek 6, Dillinger 3, Reyes 3, Fonacier 3, Aban 0, Alvarez 0, Lao 0.
PETRON 78—Santos 19, Ildefonso 14, Miranda 12, Guevarra 11, Grundy 5, Cabagnot 5, Salvacion 5, Pennisi 5, Baclao 1, Hubalde 1, Duncil 0.
Quarters: 31-23, 55-43, 78-58, 104-78

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U7T7BP5KQKFBP7PMJ66OLQ35JA Reggie

    PBA tlga oh, uso Game 7

    Palitan nyu na rin name, dpat FilAm Basketball Assoc.

    Yan ang sumira dyan e

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5JX3K363XBEIPY4ZUIWJ3NPQWU Prode Zidon

    oo nga magaling c castro,kaso lang c chot nagpalit pa cya Import ang ibig bang sabihin hindi cya bilib sa kanya mga local players at fil am lyk k.william,r. reyes,h.carry,j.dillinger .o kaya naman takot sa petron kahit minus 4 key players cla,sakaling magchampion man ang TNT hindi dserving at hindi rin maganda tingnan sa mga fans kc unsportmanship ang ginawa ni chot.nakakahiyaaaaaaaaaaa po  chot,lumaban kau ng patas.

  • Anonymous

    it’s just goes to show that Jason Castro is the heart and soul of TNT and not that mouse-fake MVP of the season. jimmy cannot uplift his team mates just like jason did. kudos to you jason and hope you will recover from this injury sooner coz i love you seeing play with all your heart and 100% form. i think you are the true MVP of the TNT!!!

  • Anonymous

    champ na tnt

    • Anonymous

      oo, wala na maka pigil sa kanila sa sunday

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