David Simon led Talk ‘N Text to a 108-96 win over Phoenix, ending his team’s three-game losing skid on Saturday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
After posting 35 points in his debut game against Alaska on Wednesday, the 6’9 import finished with 33 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks in 35 minutes of play against Phoenix.
Power forward Ranidel De Ocampo and combo guard Jayson Castro provided additional firepower as the Tropang Texters improved its win-loss record to 2-3.
“Everybody contributed, everybody played well today and they knew how important this game was,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico during the post-game interview. “I did not coach today that much. We lost three straight games because we relaxed.”
“Hopefully, we keep on improving. It is only one game and we’ll see in the next few games. We should build something from this game. Our next game is March 6 and I’m more concerned now about how we’re playing if we can improve, if we can sustain [winning form].”
De Ocampo, who notched six three-point shots, tallied 14 of his 20 points in the second half, while Castro posted nine of his 19 points in the fourth period in addition to four rebounds and four assists.
Guard Larry Fonacier contributed eight points also for Talk ‘N Text.
The Tropang Texters started the game blistering hot establishing a slim 26-21 advantage before beefing up their lead to 52-41 at halftime.
Simon, a replacement for Ivan Johnson, displayed explosive game notching 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds at halftime while rookie Jeth Troy Rosario scored all his nine points also in the first two quarters.
The Fuel Masters tried their best to fight back but the Tropang Texters still dominated the last two periods behind the performance of Simon, Castro and De Ocampo.
The Tropang Texters outclassed the Fuel Masters in the three-point territory (15-7) but were bested by Phoenix in rebound (47-51). Talk ‘N Text also shot better than Phoenix overall in the field (51-38 percent) and registered more assists (26-17), steals (5-3) and blocks (6-2) than their rival.
New import Kevin Pinkney, who replaced Nigerian Kenny Adeleke, led Phoenix with 26 points and 19 rebounds while JC Intal contributed 16 points.
The Fuel Masters’ win-loss record dropped to 1-2.
In the second game, Alaska banked on a strong second half performance to beat Rain or Shine 128-102 for its second win this season. The Aces with the win, have improved their win-loss record to 2-1.
Shane Edwards finished with 23 points plus 11 rebounds while Calvin Abueva had 25 points and eight rebounds for Alaska.
Import Antoine Wright and Chris Tiu, who scored 21 points each, led Rain or Shine.
The Elasto Painters’ win-loss record dropped to 1-3 after the defeat.