Saturday, May 5, 2012
PBA Commissioners Cup Finals : Talk and Text forces game 7
Source : AKTV
After their loss in the last game, Chot Reyes wondered if his players still had anything left in the tank. Turns out, they had plenty.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters survived an early knockout punch from B-MEG, fashioning out a 92-82 win in Game Six of the Commissioner’s Cup finals before a raucous crowd of 20,534 that included former NBA player Luc Longley, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, and comedy superstar Vic Sotto.
Jayson Castro once emerged as the biggest hero for the Tropang Texters, scoring 25 points and hitting the biggest shots to preserve the victory.
“We made some shots. It’s the same output last game, the only difference is we made our shots,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes.
“Despite a terrible start, we stayed calm and composed, and found a way to fight back.”
Talk ‘N Text won despite a furious start by B-MEG, which came out firing with a 14-5 run to open the game. But even though James Yap and Denzel Bowles combined for 37 points in the first half, Talk ‘N Text was able to grab the lead on a Castro jumper, 50-48, heading into the break.
But Castro was far from the only hero for the Tropang Texters, which got big contributions from its bench. Jared Dillinger scored 16 points, Ranidel De Ocampo had 15, while Donnell Harvey and Ryan Reyes had 11 each for Talk ‘N Text, which shot a blistering 14-of-29 (48.3%) from beyond the three-point line.
In contrast, Bowles and Yap scored 33 and 27 points, respectively, while the rest of the Llamados were held to just 22 points.
After the game, the Talk ‘N Text coach looked forward to the do-or-die ultimate encounter.
“I don’t know what we need to do, but we need to shoot well in Game Seven,” he said.
“In the end, one game for all the marbles. Dapat di na nilaro yung anim na game eh, dito rin pala babagsak.”
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, Harvey 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