virtual entry into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday
Larry Fonacier and Jayson Castro banged in crucial three-pointers to spike the Texters’ surge from an 81-all count en route to the win that firmed up their hold of top spot in the leader board at5-1.
“Coming into this ballgame, we said we wanted to get the ‘W’ to give us a pretty good chance
to make the quarters and get a good situation to start thinking about positioning,” said Talk n
Text coach Chot Reyes.
“Secondly, we had to contend with the high that they were in from the last game they played. They played a perfect game against Petron Saturday. We wanted to make sure to play good ‘D,’” Reyes added.
The Texters achieved all they wanted to do in the payoff period, reasserting their mastery of the same team they beat out for the all-Filipino championship.
“In a game between two top offensive teams, usually the one who makes the stops emerges the
winner. We defended pretty well, limiting them to a low shooting percentage while getting the
rebounds at the same time,” said Reyes.
The multi-titled TnT bench chieftain mentioned the two decisive stops the Texters made in the payoff period.
The Texters took two interceptions both leading to three-pointers in a decisive romp they made from an 81-all standoff.
Fonacier and Castro combined for four treys in all and Donnell Harvey contributed baskets from
underneath in an 18-4 roll that opened a 99-85 spread for the Texters entering the last four minutes of the game.
The Tigers never recovered from there and dropped two rungs down to fifth place with a 3-3 win-loss slate.
Jarred Dillinger carried the cudgels for the Texters early on and finished with a game-high 28
points that went with five rebounds, two assists and two steals against an error in 34 minutes of action.
The Fil-Am forward went 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, also 5-of-11 from the two-point zone and 3-of-4 from the stripe for his second largest production in a game in his pro career. He made a career-best 31 last conference.
Fonacier wound up with 17, including a perfect 4-of-4 three-point shooting.
Gary David led Powerade’s rally from a 10-point halftime deficit but himself cooled down in the
The Philippine Cup BPC winner still top scored for Powerade with 20 points though held down to two in the final canto.
Picking up from where they left off in their game versus Petron Saturday, the Tigers started the
contest with a 9-0 run.
The Texters, however, quickly made a counter and sustained the heat to take the first quarter at
26-23 and the half at 56-46. (SB)
TALK N ' TEXT 111 - Dillinger 28, Fonacier 17, Alapag 15, Harvey 12, Castro 12, De Ocampo 8, Aguilar 6, Williams 6, Gamalinda 5, Reyes 2, Carey 0.
POWERADE 97 - David 20, Jones 19, Anthony 13, Casio 13, Lassiter 12, Kramer 6, Lingganay 4,
Vanlandingham 3, Allera 3, Calimag 2, Adducul 2, Cruz 0.