TNT secures No. 1 spot


Talk ‘N Text halted Barangay Ginebra’s four-game winning streak with a 104-92 win on Sunday to grab the top seeding after the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

Import Mychal Lamar Ammons, who struggled in his offense in the last few games, shot 11-of-17 in the field this time to finish with 24 points to go along with 16 rebounds, while playmaker Jayson Castro poured in 19 points and 10 assists to hand the Tropang Texters a league-leading 10-1 win-loss record.

“Both teams played out to win today, we just played a bit better,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico in an interview. “Players are tired and I tried to keep them fresh. We just hope for the best to maintain momentum. We don’t know who we’re going to play we just have to play tough.”

Syrian Asian import Michael Madanly finished with 18 points including four triples and eight rebounds while Larry Fonacier had 14 points also for the Texters.

The Gin Kings, who drew 34 points and 14 rebounds from Justine Brownlee, slid to No. 3 spot and fell to 8-3 win-loss record. The reigning champion Beermen are also holding an 8-3 win-loss record and now move up to the No. 2 spot.

Talk ‘N Text, San Miguel Beer and Ginebra are twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals.

TNT KaTropa 104 – Ammons 24, Castro 19, Madanly 18, Fonacier 14, Reyes
9, De Ocampo 8, Rosario 6, Williams 4, Rosales 3, Rosser 0, Tautuaa 0.

Ginebra 92 – Brownlee 34, Tenorio 21, Aguilar 11, Thompson 8, Marcelo
6, Devance 4, Mercado 4, Caguioa 2, Cruz 2, Helterbrand 0, Mariano 0.

Quarterscores: 20-18, 43-35, 78-66, 104-92


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