Talk ‘N Text Import Paul Harris is starting to show his real worth by leading the Tropang Texters to a 98-90 win over the reeling Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Harris sent a strong message to other teams as he finished with 34 points and 16 boards in a game where Talk ‘N Text cannot afford to lose. A loss would have ended the string of Finals appearances of the MVP-owned franchise.
The Texters were in control in the first half as they led by 13 going to the half-time break. They started the 3rd period with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 18 at 62-44. A 20-3 run by Rain or Shine capped by a triple by big man Beau Belga cut the Texters lead just one at 65-64. The game was close from then on as the Texters managed to keep a one point lead going to the final quarter. Talk ‘n Text took control in the middle of the 4th period to win with an 8 point margin.
Talk ‘N Text (8-5) will face Barangay Ginebra for a right to play for a spot in the Governor’s Cup Finals and Rain or Shine will face B-Meg Llamados for a guaranteed slot in the Finals. Both games will be played today.
Rain or Shine 90 – Cornley 27, Chan 15, Quinahan 14, Lee 13, Belga 11, Norwood 6, Buenafe 4, Matias 0, Tang 0, Arana 0, Ibanes 0.
Quarter scoring: 30-21, 57-44, 80-79, 98-90