Barako Bull and Talk ‘N Text through a strong fourth quarter performance scored their first victories against separate foes in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Guard Ryan Roose Garcia and forward JC Intal finished with 16 and 22 points, respectively to power Barako Bull Energy’s 82-79 win against the Barangay Ginebra. The Gin Kings improved their win-loss record to 1-1.
“We did a good job in the defensive end. We were dead last season in our defense and it’s a challenge for us,” said Barako Bull coach Koy Banal during the post-game interview. “If you are so eager to prove something here, we really need to work hard. I’m really happy with the result.”
“We treated this game as same game plan we are to use against any other team.”
Seven-footer Greg Slaughter posted 27 points and 26 rebounds plus two blocks while LA Tenorio had 12 points for Ginebra.
In the first game, veteran Gilas Pilipinas player Jayson Castro with the help of two rookies led Talk N’ text to a 101-97 win over the Mahindra Enforcers. The Tropang Texters also improved its win-loss record to 1-1.
Castro finished with 28 points via 8-of-15 shooting in the field plus four rebounds while shooting guard Larry Fonacier had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
This year’s top overall pick rookie Moala Tautuaa and second overall pick Jeth Troy Rosario contributed 12 points each.
“We are not where we should be, and we’re still groping,” said Talk ‘N Text head coach Jong Uichico during the post-game interview. “Give them playing time to be more mature. The rookies are still lacking in decision making but they’ll get that as they keep on playing.”
“Percentage-wise we’re about 50 percent.”
Guards Jai Reyes and Ryan Reyes contributed 10 points apiece for the Texters.
Point guard LA Revilla finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Enforcers.