Friday, October 28, 2011

PBA Friday [ October 28, 2011 ] scores

Source : InterAKTV

Talk ‘N Text got the “closure” it needed with Petron Blaze as it came away with a 96-86 win and tied Rain or Shine for the top spot of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Meeting for the first time since losing in the epic seven-game series of the last season’s Governors’ Cup finals, the Tropang Texters played solid the whole game with Jared Dillinger, Ryan Reyes and Japeth Aguilar leading the way for the defending champions.

The trio combined for 61 points and were responsible for giving Talk ‘N Text enough cushion to deal the Boosters their second straight loss after a 3-0 start.

“I guess this is the closure we needed. Hopefully, it will propel us to move forward, move on and make another run this season,” said Tropnag Texters coach Chot Reyes.

“We got big production from JD, Ryan and Japeth but the second unit also gave us a lift,” he added.

Talk ‘N Text played minus Jimmy Alapag, Harvey Carey, Aaron Aban, and Ranidel de Ocampo due to injuries, but they were hardly missed as the Tropang Texters had another terrific start behind Aguilar’s 10 points and 9 rebounds in the opening period.

They led by as much as 17 points, the last at 60-43, and were still holding a 75-62 cushion going to the final quarter.

Joseph Yeo sparked an 11-5 exchange for the Boosters to cut the lead to 80-73. But that was the closest that Petron could get as Dillinger, Peek and Larry Fonacier joined forces for their own 11-6 salvo and put the game out of reach, 91-79, with 2:32 remaining in the game.

Alapag’s right foot is in a soft cast while Carey will be out for at least two more weeks. De Ocampo is still recuperating after an operation on his fractured nose.

“The other guys are stepping and that’s the story of this team. When someone goes down, other guys picked up the slack,” said Reyes.

Rookie Chris Lutz and Arwind Santos each had 20 points for Petron while Alex Cabagnot and Danny Ildefonso contributed 16 and 10 markers respectively.

Denok Miranda missed the game for the Boosters because of stomach flu.

The scores:

TALK N’ TEXT 96 – Dillinger 21, Reyes 21, Aguilar 20, Peek 12, Williams 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 7, Raymundo 0, Oreta 0, Lao 0.

PETRON 86 – Lutz 20, Santos 20, Cabagnot 16, Ildefonso 10, Yeo 8, Baclao 6, Sharma 4, Guevarra 2, Agustin 0, Reyes 0.

Quarterscores: 29-20, 48-36, 75-62, 96-86

Source : PBA Official Website

MERALCO beat the best team in its last outing. The Bolts definitely wouldn’t forgive themselves
had they lost to a winless ball club.

Pounding the boards hard and getting big games from the returning Mark Cardona and Chico Lanete,
Meralco outlasted Alaska Friday night, 81-75, for first back-to-back win in the PBA Philippine Cup
at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts out-rebounded the Aces, 54-28, while Cardona and Lanete combined for 17 points in the
fourth quarter to deal Alaska its fifth straight defeat, its worst start in an all-Filipino
tournament according to statistical records since 1992.

“The defense we have been talking about bailed us out again,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.
“We wanted to make sure that we build our character in this game. We battled the best team in our
last game and we won, and the challenge was to win against a struggling team.”

The Bolts were fresh from an 80-70 victory over Petron, earning bragging rights as the first
ballclub to tarnish the Boosters’ erstwhile undefeated record. Last night, they met a team trying
hard to re-discover its rhythm under a new head coach in Joel Banal, and the Aces nearly succeeded
snapping out of a slump when they led by as high as 10 points, 52-42.

But Meralco nibbled its way back and was solid down the stretch. The Bolts forced the Aces to come
out empty-handed in their last three possessions in a clear testament over how vastly the franchise
has improved at the defensive end.

Yet more than anything else, the Bolts pummeled the Aces in the rebounding department, pulling down
54 to Alaska’s mere 28. The Bolts also had 13 more offensive rebounds.

“We’re playing with a near complete roster with Mac-Mac back and Chico again coming into play
when Sol was grounded,” Gregorio said. “But pretty much it was a total team effort. This just
goes to show that you can’t just guard one player here in Meralco because anybody can make a

“Also, the crucial thing is that we had more rebounds. It just goes to show what kind of intensity
we have.” Lanete finished with 17 points and Mark Isip and Cardona each added 10 for Meralco. Sol
Mercado contributed eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Sonny Thoss collected 19 points and six rebounds, Cyrus Baguio had 18 points and Jay-R Reyes
contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for Alaska.

It was, indeed, an unusual ending for the Aces. A team noted for its poise lost its composure late
in the game, with Tony De La Cruz bungling an open jumper and Baguio committing a turnover while
trying to outmaneuver a defender with a crossover move when Meralco was only ahead by 78-75.

The error by Baguio led to two gift shots by Gabby Espinas. Espinas knocked in both with 11 seconds
left, and Thoss missed a hook shot in the ensuing possession. (ZM)

The scores:

Meralco (81) - Lanete 17, Isip 10, Cardona 10, Mercado 8, Espinas 8, Omolon 8, Macapagal 7, Borboran
4, Taulava 4, Ballesteros 3, Yee 2, Faundo 0.

Alaska (75) - Thoss 19, Baguio 18, Reyes 11, Dela Cruz 8, Tenorio 7, Baracael 4, Custodio 4, Mepana
2, Cablay 2, Eman 0.

Quarterscores: 20-19, 36-36, 52-56, 81-75.

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