Harvey Carey and Dylan Ababou top scored in the PBA Philippine Cup games held at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night. The first game was won by the defending champions Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. The Texters (2-0) beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2-1), 107-98, behind the 28 points of veteran Harvey Carey. In the main game, rookie Dylan Ababou sizzled for 20 points to lead Baraka Bull Energy (1-1) to a 88-75 win over crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra Kings (1-2)
With a team loaded with offensive superstars, Harvey Carey somehow turned back the clock as he fell two points shy of his career high which he set years ago. He finished with 28 points and he even manage to hit a 3-point shot. He has missed 29 straight 3-point attempts prior to making one in this game. Carey also finished with 14 rebounds with 8 coming from the offensive end.
The game was close from the get go. The Texters only pulled away midway into the final period. The run made a 79-76 lead into a 99-85 rout going to the last 2 minutes of the game. Four other Texters scored in double figures; Ryan Reyes had 19, Jason Castro added 18, Larry Fonacier finsihed with 13, and Jared Dillinger scoring 11.
Rookie Paul Lee once again led the Elasto Painters with 17 points but he somehow clamped by the different looks that Coach Chot Reyes gave him. 6 other Painter reached double digits. It was a high scoring ball game, Rain or Shine just run out of fire power. Talk ‘N Text was still missing Alapag, De Ocampo, and Williams who are still on vacation after reinforcing the Smart-Gilas in the FIBA-Asia tournament.
The rookies of Barako Bull Energy took turns in giving Lina franchise its first win of the season. Dylan Ababou started his PBA debut by hitting his first seven shots. He hit 3 triples in the first half to help the Barako Bull take 42-38 lead. Ababou had 15 points already in the first 24 minutes of play. Ababou, the 10th pick in this year’s draft passed the baton to the 9th pick Allein Maliksi, who helped widen the gap in the 3rd period. Barako Bull coasted to victory after leading by 16 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Ababou finished with 20 points. He was supported well by Maliksi’s 13 and the twin digit production of Leo Najorda, Paul Artadi, and Mick Pennisi. Ginebra were lead by substitutes Mark Caguioa (22) and Robert Labagala (12).
Talk ‘N Text 107—Carey 28, Reyes 19, Castro 18, Fonacier 13, Dillinger 11, Aguilar 7, Peek 7, Aban 4, Raymundo 0, Lao 0.
Rain or Shine 98—Lee 17, Belga 16, Norwood 12, Cruz 11, Arana 11, Chan 10, Quinahan 10, Buenafe 7, Matias 4, Rodriguez 0.
Quarter scores: 22-21, 47-48, 74-69, 107-98.
Barako Bull 88—Ababou 20, Maliksi 13, Najorda 12, Artadi 12, Pennisi 12, Arboleda 5, Miller 4, Allado 4, Pena 4, Salvador 2, Avenido 0.
Ginebra 75—Caguioa 22, Labagala 12, Canaleta 7, Tubid 7, Mamaril 6, Cortez 6, Helterbrand 5, Intal 3, Villanueva 3, Wilson W. 2, Wilson J. 2, De Ocampo 0.
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