Jayson Castro led Talk ‘N Text to a 101-95 win over sister team Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
Castro posted 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while rookie Jeth Troy Rosario tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. The Tropang Texters remain unbeaten in four games.
“We’re just winning close games, we’re just hanging in there, we don’t give up, we just keep playing. All our games are close but the good thing was we won,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico during the postgame interview.
Import Mario Little finished with 18 points and nine rebounds; Michael Mandaly had 10 points while rookie Kris Rosales contributed nine points also for Talk ‘N Text.
“He (Little) may not give the numbers we all expect but he gives something that the team does not have. He can play the four and the three, he makes the defensive system look better. A little of everything from Mario Little. Mo (Tautuaa) is injured but hopefully we can give him some rest. He hyper extended his knee a few days ago in practice,” he added.
NLEX was enjoying a double-digit lead, 40-30, in the second quarter, established through a 15-4 run highlighted by Henry Walker’s eight straight points. The Road Warriors’ import scored a three-pointer before the buzzer resulting in a 48-44 lead for NLEX at halftime.
The Road Warriors maintained their lead, 71-65, in the third period and 74-65 early in the fourth quarter. But the Texters, headed by Castro and Rosales, initiated an 11-2 run to forge a 73-all deadlock in the last four-minute mark.
The score was at 89-all with three and a half minutes left in the game.
It was a close fight in the last two minutes with Castro scoring pivotal a three pointer that allowed Talk ‘N Texts to grab the lead, 100-95, with only few seconds remaining. NLEX failed to close the gap until the final buzzer absorbing its third consecutive defeat. The Road Warriors’ win-loss record dropped to 1-3.
Henry Bill Walker notched 26 points, 13 rebounds and four assists to lead the Road Warriors. JOSEF T. RAMOS