Talk ‘N Text complete Philippine Cup finals cast

5 01 2013

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The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters will have a chance to go for a three-peat in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup after beating Alaska in their best of 7 semifinal series, 4-2.  The Texters will be facing the defending Governor’s Cup titlist the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Texters won Game 6 with the score of 83-78.  The game was a tight affair as both teams were very disciplined in their defense.  The game was marked with several lead changes before the Tropang Texters pulled away in the last few minutes.  Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, and Ali Peek combined to give the defending All-Filipino champions an 80-71 lead with barely four minutes left in the final period.  Jvee Casio gave some life to Alaska’s overachieving campaign with a 4-point play to trim the lead to just 5 points.  A lull scoring happened in the next possessions of either items as it was marked steals, blocked shots, turnovers, and some hurried shots. After Casio missed a three point attempt just over 20 seconds left in the game, the Alaska Aces were not able foul a TNT player allowing Talk ‘N Text to waste some seconds before the Aces stopped the clock.  With 15 seconds left, Alaska sent Alapag to the line and he obliged be calmly hitting 2 pressure-packed free throws to increase the lead to 82-75.  In Alaska’s possession, Dondon Hontiveros hit a three-point shot to trim the lead the 5.  The Aces fouled Ranidel de Ocampo who split his free throws for the final tally as the Texters scuttled Alaska’s final play.

Jason Castro topped the scoring for the Tropang Texters finishing with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Alapag and 3 others scored in double figures to backstop Castro.  Rookie sensation Calvin Abueva had a career-high 23 points along 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block to lead the Aces.  Big men Gabby Espinas and Sonny Thoss combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds.  Alaska missed 11 free throws in the game and they allowed Talk ‘N Text to hit 9 long range bombs with 3 coming from Alapag.

The semifinal exit is somehow a big achievement for the rebuilding Aces after finishing near the bottom of the standings in all 3 conferences of last year.  The drafting of Calvin Abueva and acquisition of Jvee Casio has somehow reinvigorated the proud Uytengsu franchise.  Alaska is expected to be a tough contender in the next conferences and with more time together it will not be long that they will be gunning for their 14th title to move to solo second all-time behind the 19 by San Miguel.  Alaska is currently tied at second with the legendary but defunct Crispa franchise.

Talk ‘N Text will try to capture its 4th title in the last 7 conferences. The 3 past titles were with teams handled by now-national coach Chot Reyes.  The Tropang Texters are now being mentored by grand slam coach Norman Black who recently came back pro leagues after leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to 5 consecutive championships in the UAAP.

The scores: 
TALK N’ TEXT 83 – Castro 16, Alapag 15, Dillinger 11, Williams 11, De Ocampo 11,Carey 6, Fonacier 5, Peek 5, Reyes 3, Raymundo 0, Aban 0.
ALASKA 78 – Abueva 23, Espinas 13, Thoss 11, Casio 10, Hontiveros 7, Baracael 6, Jazul 5, Baguio 3, Dela Cruz 0.
Quarters: 25-18, 42-41, 64-62, 83-78

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Kings eliminates Tropang Texters

19 07 2012

The Barangay Ginebra Kings‘ championship hopes are alive as they ended the 5-conference finals streak of Coach Chot Reyes and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 73-71.  The Texters have won 3 of the last 5 PBA conference titles. The loss was a sad farewell for Coach Chot who will be leaving the storied Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise for a stint as men’s National team head coach. He will be replaced by Norman Black at the helm of the Tropang Texters in the 2012-13 season.

Last night’s game was close all-throughout.  The first period was a bit high scoring before the game turned into a defensive battle. Ginebra was only leading by 2 at the end of the second, and third quarters. Talk and Text grabbed the lead in the 4th canto at 68-66 after a basket by import Paul Harris. Ginebra fought back with a 7-1 run capped by a Kerby Raymundo three-pointer to grab a 4 point lead at 73-69 with 2:56 left in regulation.  The game went scoreless for over 2 minutes after both teams tightened up their defense. Harris broke the lull by scoring on a drive with 39.9 seconds left to bring the Tropang Texters closer at 73-71.  In the ensuing possession, the Barangay Kings could not make a decent attempt at the basket resulting to a shot clock violation giving the Talk ‘N Text 15.3 seconds to design a play to tie or grab the lead. Harris, however, stepped on the baseline after being hounded by Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman resulting to turnover with 3.9 seconds left.  In the next inbound play, Bozeman was able to find Willy Wilson who ran out the clock by throwing the ball in the air and clinching the win for the crowd favorites.

Mark Caguioa top scored for the Kings with 18 points, a stark contrast to his 3 point performance against B-Meg last Sunday. Raymundo, Bozeman, and Mike Cortez scored in double figures for Ginebra. Harris had a monster 25-point 18-rebound performance for the Texters. No other Talk ‘N Text player scored more than 8 points.

Ginebra will battle B-Meg Llamados for the chance to fight for the championships against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The do or die battle will be played on Friday while Game One of the finals will be Sunday.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 73 – Caguioa 18, Raymundo 15, Bozeman 14, Cortez 11, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, W. Wilson 2, Villanueva 1, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0.

Talk ‘N Text 71 – Harris 25, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 8, Castro 7, Alapag 7, Peek 7, Williams 3, Aguilar 2, Fonacier 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.

Quarter scoring: 27-21, 42-40, 61-59, 73-71

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Talk ‘N Text wins over Rain or Shine to set up do or die with Ginebra

18 07 2012



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.

Aside from Harris, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag finished in double figures for Talk ‘N Text. Five players scored more than 10 points for RoS led by import Jamelle Cornley’s 27.

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.

The scores:

Talk ‘N Text 98 – Harris 34, De Ocampo 17, Alapag 10, Fonacier 9, Castro 8, Williams 6, Peek 6, Aguilar 5, Aban 3, Raymundo 0, Reyes 0.

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

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Talk ‘N Text still in the running for a Finals spot

14 07 2012

Earlier today, there were four teams left with a chance to grab the 2 final spots for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup. After the Friday the 13th games, nothing has changed as Talk N’ Text beat the Petron Blaze Boosters in a rematch of last year’s finals, 103-94.

The Texter controlled the first half of play as they led by 11 at 49-38 when the half time buzzer sounded. The third period, however, belonged to the eliminated Petron Boosters that outscored the Texters 34-21 that allowed them to take a two point lead going to the final period. The game was tight early in the 4th and the score was knotted at 81-all at one point.  That was the last deadlock of the game as the Texters made a 20-12 windup to win the game.

Paul Harris got the game honors in scoring by finishing with 31.  Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo supported their import with 21 and 19 markers respectively. Rookie Chris Lutz had 23 to lead Petron in scoring while Danny Ildefonso continued his strong renaissance this season with 17.

The win upped the record of TNT to 7-5 (2-1 in the semis). They need to sweep their final 2 matches to gain a playoff of the second finals slot. Petron dropped to 6-7 and will close their disappointing semifinal campaign this Sunday against the Meralco Bolts.

The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (103) – Harris 31, Alapag 21, De Ocampo 19, Castro 10, fonacier 8, Williams 7, Aguilar 4, Peek 3, Reyes 0, Aban 0, Alvarez 0.

Petron (94) – Lutz 23, Ildefonso 17, Faison 10, Santos 10, Washington 10, Cabagnot 9, Yeo 7, Lanete 4, Pena 4, Hontiveros 0.

Quarters: 28-19; 49-38; 70-72; 103-94

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Texters rout Bolts

11 07 2012



The battle between the two MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan)- owned squads turned out to be a rout as the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters easily beat the eliminated Meralco Bolts, 108-84.  The Texters who need to sweep all its remaining matches to have a shot for a finals berth, got hot from the the get go and simply overwhelmed the Bolts.  Talk ‘N Text were already leading by 15 after 12 minutes.

The lead ballooned to 21 at the half and 26 by the end of the third period.  In the end, it was a 24 point margin of victory for the Tropang Texters. Ranidel de Ocampo had 24 points and Japeth Aguilar played one of his best scoring games in the PBA with a double-double performance by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards.  Mario West led the Bolts with 21 points.  The Texters raised their record to 6-5 (1-1 semifinals).  Their last 3 opponents would be Petron, Ginebra, and Rain or Shine.


The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (108) – De Ocampo 24, Aguilar 20, Alapag 12, Williams 11, Harris 10, Peek 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 5, Alvarez 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 0, Lao 0.

Meralco (84) – West 21, Cardona 13, Daa 11, Mercado 9, Bulawan 8, Taulava 6, Hugnatan 5, Ballesteros 4, Reyes 4, Borboran 3, Ross 0, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0.

Quarters: 31-16, 64-43, 89-63, 108-84

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Derby Ace beats Talk ‘N Text

10 07 2012

Blakely outplays Harris (image by Nuki Sabio)

In the first ever PB A game held at the newly built MOA Arena, the B-Meg Llamados bagged the historic win over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 94-91.  The win upped Derby Ace’s record to 7-3 and they are just a game behind the pace-setting Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  The victory also avenged the Llamados’ loss to the Tropang Texters in the elimination round of the conference.

B-Meg import Marcus Blakely had an explosive game finishing with 26 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocks, and 3 assists. He was ably backed up by locals Josh Urbiztondo, Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis, and Ranidel de Ocampo who all scored in double figures.  James Yap went scoreless and was limited to 14 minutes due to a back injury.  The Llamados were trailing by ten 39-49 at halftime but they made head way in the 3rd period to tie it at 67-all going to the final 12 minutes of play.  They were the steadier team at crunch time and their victory became official when Ranidel de Ocampo missed a three-pointer in TNT’s final attempt of the game.

Paul Harris led the Texters with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The loss was the Texter’s 5th in 10 games. They are now hard-pressed to sweep all their remaining games to have chance for a finals seat.

The scores:
B-MEG 94 – Blakely 26, Urbiztondo 14, Pingris 12, Reavis 12, De Ocampo 10, Simon 8, Barroca 7, Villanueva 5, Yap 0.

TALK N’ TEXT 91 – Harris 24, Alapag 17, Castro 15, Williams 13, Fonacier 9, Aguilar 8, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Aban 0, Lao 0, Peek 0.

Quarter scoring: 19-27, 39-49, 67-67, 94-91

2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Game 7: B-Meg “Bowles” over TNT

7 05 2012

Filipino basketball fans cannot ask for a better ending of the 2011-12 Philippine Basketball Association‘s second conference.  The game 7 of the Commissioner’s Cup finals needed five minutes more to finish. It seems that one of the best conferences ever in the history of the PBA did not want to end.  In the overtime period, the Best Import awardee Denzel Bowles took over and handed Tim Cone his first title outside of Alaska Aces.

The B-Meg Llamados won 90-84 over the vaunted Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. It was a heart breaker for the MVP franchise as they led most of the game and was leading by two with Bowles at the line with 1.2 seconds left. Bowles made the biggest free throws of his basketball career to bring the game to overtime. He continued his superb play in the extra period by scoring 11 of the 14 points of B-Meg.  He capped his first season for B-Meg with 39 points, 21 caroms, and 3 blocks. Jimmy Alapag led TNTs valiant stand with 29 points, his best scoring performance in the series. The loss spoiled TNT’s attempt to win its 4th title in 5 conferences.  James Yap was chosen as the finals MVP.

The scores:

B-MEG 90 – Bowles 39, Simon 14, Yap 12, Urbiztondo 11, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Devance 2, Pingris 2, Barroca 1, Intal 0, Reavis 0

Talk ‘N Text 84 – Alapag 29, Harvey 16, Fonacier 11, Peek 10, Dillinger 8, Castro 5, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Gamalinda 0, Williams 0, Carey 0

Quarters: 21-18, 34-35, 56-61, 76-76, 90-84

caloycomment: This game and series will be remembered for the call made with 1.2 seconds left… MORE