Latest Stories

Texters whip Batang Pier


GLOBALPORT’S Jondan Salvador reaches for the rebound against the Talk ‘N Text duo of Kelly Williams (left) and Harvey Carey. August dela Cruz

With a conscious effort to play defense last night, Talk ‘N Text choked Globalport to submission in the second half and exposed all the chinks in

the armor of the Batang Pier in a 99-79 PBA Commissioner’s Cup victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters, who came into the game allowing 91 points a night, held the Batang Pier to a paltry 34 in the final two quarters to break free from a 49-45 halftime count and win a second straight outing for a 2-1 slate.

“We were able to accomplish some of the things we wanted to do in this game,” coach Norman Black said. “After our last game, we were dead-last in defense in the league and I reminded the team of that.”

Talk ‘N Text also showed everyone why they dealt away Japeth Aguilar before the start of the tournament, holding the 6-foot-9 beanpole to a measly four points, his lowest output of the tournament.

“They were making a big deal in this game against Japeth,” Black said after holding Aguilar to 1-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 free throws in 28 minutes.

The loss was the second in four games for the Batang Pier, whose cause wasn’t helped a bit by their atrocious free throw shooting.

Justin Williams, who has probably the best work ethic among imports in the lot, missed eight out of 17 attempts and the team as a whole shot just 27-of-42 from the stripe.

Talk ‘N Text answered the second half horn with all guns firing, as Jimmy Alapag finished a 1-on-3 break with a triple from left quarter court that made it 66-53.

It was all Talk ‘N Text from there as a lot got into the offensive flow and Black was actually able to clear his bench with still under four minutes to go to allow his reserves to complete the mop-up job.

“They played us pretty tough in the first half,” Black said when asked of the reasons of the game being close in the first two periods. “But we made adjustments by making our import (Keith Benson) as our last line of defense.”

Benson went on to pace the Texters with 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks and four locals scored at least 13.

Another man who was shut down by the Talk ‘N Text defense was Sol Mercado, who scored just four points in the second half after shooting 10 in the first two periods.

Mercado, who had double figures in points and assists in the Batang Pier’s first three games, was held down to just four feeds last night. The 6-foot point guard came into the match averaging a league-best 13.3 assists.

The scores:

First Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 99—Benson 20, Castro 19, Alapag 15, Dillinger 14, Fonacier 13, Al-Hussaini 6, De Ocampo 4, Carey 4, Gamalinda 2, Williams 2, Raymundo 0, Reyes 0, Alvarez 0.

GLOBALPORT 79—Williams 19, David 19, Mercado 14, Yee 7, Mandani 4, Aguilar 4, Salvador 4, Adducul 4, Deutchman 2, Miller 2, Aljamal 0.

Quarters: 22-27, 49-45, 71-61, 99-79

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: Basketball , Batang Pier , PBA , Talk N Text

  • mencioalba

    If Sol Mercado continues doing his ways…. expect more  loses for Batang Pier. What is this? he brings down the ball and shoot most the time and on situation that he does pass the receiver has the only option to shoot  the ball. No ball rotation, no team work. How can this team win with these limited kind of plays.

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


  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
  • Pimentel wants Balikatan-type drills for PNP
  • Sports

  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Lifestyle

  • Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing
  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Marketplace