Talk ‘N Text made it to the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup by outlasting Mahindra, 83-78, on Saturday at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Palawan.
Playmaker Jai Reyes finished with 12 points via 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc plus two assists and four rebounds. Guards Ryan Reyes and Jayson Castro contributed 11 points apiece to help the Tropang Texters improve its win-loss record to 6-4.
Talk ‘N Text’s import David Simon contributed huge in defense by grabbing 14 rebounds and foiling three enemy attempts. He also scored 10 points for the Texters.
“All games are important to get a shot at the top,” said Talk ‘N text coach Jong Uichico during the postgame interview. “We are already there [playoffs]but we want to be on top. We didn’t play well today and we didn’t have the energy, we’re tired but a win is a win.”
Dylan Ababou and rookie Moala Tautuaa contributed nine and eight points, respectively, also for the Texters.
Import Augustus Gilchrist led the Enforcers with 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting in the field in addition to 14 rebounds and three blocks. Karl Dehesa and LA Revilla had 12 and 11 points, respectively also for Mahindra whose win-loss record dropped to 4-6.
Mahindra outclassed Talk ‘N Text 67-47 in the rebound department but the Tropang Texters tallied more assists (17-8) and blocks (11-5).
Meanwhile, the back-to-back Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen will aim for a twice-to-beat edge and a quarterfinals berth when they face the already-eliminated Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters in the second game at 5:15 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel Beer, presently occupying the second spot with a 6-3 win-loss record, is coming off a hard-earned triple overtime win over Northern Luzon Expressway last Tuesday. The already eliminated Fuel Masters, on the other hand, carry a 3-7 win-loss record.
Tyler Wilkerson, the leading scorer among imports who averages 36 points and 13 rebounds in seven games, is expected to lead the Beermen anew with the help of Arwind Santos, playmaker Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and center June Mar Fajardo.
Gary David, who transferred to San Miguel Beer from Meralco two weeks ago, is also expected to step up for the Beermen.
Rain or Shine is on a hunt for its seventh win when it battles Blackwater in the first game at 3 p.m.