Talk ’N Text bounces back, routs B-Meg to tie Finals series at 2-2By Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Jared Dillinger and Larry Fonacier had 18 points apiece to lead Talk ‘N Text to a 100-85 drubbing of B-Meg Sunday night and tie their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series at 2-2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Beyond the intangibles, Dillinger also played a key role at the defensive end as he limited explosive scorer PJ Simon to just five points.
Fonacier, on the other hand, hit timely triples to keep the Llamados at bay.
The former Ateneo standout uncorked a trey that put the Tropang Texters’ lead back to 15, 92-77, with 2:49 left and the game out of reach.
Denzel Bowles, named the Best Import of the conference, played a sub-par game with 17 points and nine rebounds while Donnell Harvey came alive in the second half where Talk ‘N Text sustained its momentum.
Harvey finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive boards.
James Yap also struggled as he went three-of-16 from the field and seven-of-12 at the line.
Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa was awarded as the Best Player of the Conference beating out Powerade’s Gary David, Alaska’s dynamic duo of Cyrus Baguio and LA Tenorio and Petron’s new addition Marcio Lassiter.