Quantcast
Latest Stories

Resilient Texters force 7th game

By

TALK ‘N TEXT playmaker Jimmy Alapag (right) drives and draws a foul from Rafi Reavis of B-Meg. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

GAME TOMORROW (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
6 p.m.—B-Meg vs Talk ‘N Text

TALK ‘N Text, a team familiar with comebacks in the biggest stages, just put itself on the verge of completing another one.

The Tropang Texters dragged the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series into a deciding Game 7 after shooting down B-Meg, 92-82, with Jason Castro acting as the fourth quarter sparkplug before more than 20,000 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Nursing two bad ankles, Castro dropped 14 points in the payoff frame as the defending champions completed a comeback from 15 points down in the second quarter to post their biggest win of the series.

But before Castro came up with his heroics, Ranidel de Ocampo, blasted publicly by coach Chot Reyes for not having his mind in the series, exploded for 15 points that helped keep the Texters in the thick of things.

“The only difference was we made some shots today,” Reyes told scribes, while pointing out that they allowed the same total to B-Meg in a lopsided Game 5 loss.

Talk ‘N Text drained 14 triples for the night which tied the second most all-time in Finals history.

Two of those came in the fourth period, with the last one, coming from Castro, making it 84-73 with 3:57 left.

The Texters have forged remarkable comebacks this season. They were down, 1-3, against Petron in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup before advancing to the Finals, where they eventually beat Powerade. Talk ‘N Text also came back from 1-2 down against Barako Bull in the best-of-five semifinals in this tournament.

The Texters held the Llamados to a triple for the first 6:26 of the fourth period and hit 12 unanswered points that opened up a 79-66 lead from 67-66 going into the final 5:52.

For a while, it looked like the Llamados were going to run away with the win after zooming to a 15-point lead in the second quarter behind Denzel Bowles and James Yap.

But the Llamados blew that cushion with a sloppy end to the first half, allowing the Texters to wrest the upperhand, 50-48, after Castro beat the game clock with a triple off the outstretched arms of Josh Urbiztondo.

NOTES: Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach was at the Big Dome last night, and went to the press room before the game. One reporter remarked: “Thanks coach, for everything you’re doing for Manny Pacquiao,” to which the humble, Parkinson’s disease-stricken Roach replied: “It’s my pleasure. He’s making me look good.”

The scores:

TALK ‘N TEXT 92—Castro 25, Dillinger 16, De Ocampo 15, Harvey 11, Reyes 11, Fonacier 6, Alapag 4, Williams 2, Peek 2, Gamalinda 0, Carey 0.

B-MEG 82—Bowles 33, Yap 27, Intal 5, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Barroca 2, Urbiztondo 2, Devance 2, Simon 2, Acuna 0, Gaco 0, Burtscher 0, Pingris 0, Reavis 0.

Quarters: 19-27, 50-48, 67-63, 92-82


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: B-Meg Llamados , Basketball , PBA Commissioner’s Cup , Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BGEXLIHIZFFENAK67D436QPP74 PBA

    walang kwenta, walang Ginebra sa finals kasi

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    still bmeg.1 3 5 7 is their lucky nos. while TNT is 2 4 6 8. But there is no more game 8.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ILJB4LBDSQ2CECUTSU4U3RDI3A 7 iron

    I guess PAGOD NA ANG B-MEG hindi na kaya manalo…Matitibay ang Texter..hindi napapagod…Coach Tim..baka me mga bisyo mga bata mo..like Simon..Yap..Urbiz ang DeVance…wala yatang disiplina ang mga yan…



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • 4 Etihad passengers not yet located
  • DAR to complete installation of Luisita land reform beneficiaries in May
  • Ex-COA chief and co-accused in Arroyo plunder case nabbed
  • Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  • The ‘link diagram’ that killed ex-Bataan police officer
  • Sports

  • More concessions, but still no direct hires for PBA expansion teams
  • Power Pinays lose to Vietnam, try to salvage 7th place
  • NLEX holds off Jumbo Plastic for a playoff berth
  • Pacquiao can dodge tax issues
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
  • Lifestyle

  • Summer Mayhem: The ultimate beach experience
  • A haven for steak lovers
  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Metro Pacific acquires stake in Victorias
  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • DOLE sees more Filipinos hired by South Koreans
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Marketplace