Talk ‘N Text capitalized on a strong second half to score a lopsided 105-85 win over reigning champion San Miguel Beer for its eighth victory in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum on Saturday.
Forward Ranidel De Ocampo tallied 18 points and five rebounds while playmaker Jayson Castro finished with 16 points and 13 assists to help Talk ‘N Text ascend to the top spot with an 8-1 win-loss record. The victory also assured the Tropang Texters of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Michael Madanly scored 15 points, Jeth Troy Rosario 13 points while Mychal Lamar Ammons contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds also for TNT.
The Tropang Texters were ahead, 28-20, by the end of first frame behind the baskets of Reyes and De Ocampo. The Beermen, through June Mar Fajardo’s inside points narrowed the gap, 47-45, at halftime.
Fajardo led the Beermen with 20 points and 13 rebounds while import Michael Singletary had 18 points and seven rebounds. San Miguel Beer’s Asian import Mahmoud Abdeen in his debut game notched nine points plus four rebounds.
Talk ‘N Text through a 33-19 blitz highlighted by Castro’s baskets extended the lead to 80-64 entering the payoff period. The Tropang Texters controlled the rest of the final period to seal the win.
The Beermen’s win-loss record dropped to 6-3 and are now tied with the Mahindra Enforcers in the third and fourth place.
Meanwhile, Meralco will be gunning for a sixth win when it battles the Star Hotshots today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City at 6:45 p.m. after the opening game between Rain or Shine and Northern Luzon Expressway at 4:30 p.m.
The Bolts are holding a 5-4 win-loss record while the Star Hotshots carry a 1-7 win-loss record similar to the Blackwater Elite’s. The Elasto Painters meanwhile, are bearing a 4-4 win-loss record against the Road Warriors’ 3-5.
TNT KATROPA 105 – De Ocampo 18, Castro 16, Madanly 15, Rosario 13, Ammons 11, Fonacier 9, Reyes R. 8, Williams 5, Carey 4, Tautuaa 3, Rosser 2, Rosales 1, Ababou 0, Nuyles 0.
SAN MIGUEL 85 – Fajardo 20, Singletary 18, Cabagnot 17, Santos 10, Abdeen 9, Tubid 7, Espinas 2, Lassiter 2, Arana 0, David 0, De Ocampo 0, Ross 0.
Quarters: 28-20, 47-45, 80-64, 105-85