Import Tony Mitchell and new transferee Sean Anthony struck hard in
the overtime period to power Talk ‘N Text to a 118-113 victory over
Barako Bull Friday night in the Philippine Basketball Association
(PBA) Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Despite the absence of key players Jason Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo,
Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag, who were resting after their
runner-up finish in the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship, the Tropang
Texters came up with enough firepower to clinch the win.
TNT was behind by 13 points in the first half, 42-55, on import
Michael Singletary’s sniping and the Energy Boosters seemed
headed for a rousing start in the season-ending conference.
But Mitchell and Anthony combined for 16 points in the Tropang
Texters’ fiery 21-8 run that saw them grabbing the lead, 75-70,
in the third quarter.
“It’s unexpected. We were missing a lot of key players. But it turned into a shootout. I gave credit to my remaining players, we have a good import in Tony Mitchell but we have to support him until
the four (Castro, De Ocampo, Fonacier and Alapag) comes back. They’ll be missing at least three to four games,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.
Singletary’s split on a charity and a drive in the return play tied the game at 101-all.
But Tropang Texters would not be denied the victory following Mitchell and Anthony’s heads-up plays that moved them on top by 10 points, 114-104, with over a minute remaining.
Mitchell finished with 48 points, and Anthony contributed 23 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Singletary debuted for Barako Bull with 41 points, Mark Macapagal fired 24 and Mick Pennissi 13.
Opening day winners Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Globalport Batang Pier collide at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, while first day losers San Mig Coffee Mixers and Air 21 Express tangle in the second
game at 6 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.