• Tropang Texters thump Gin Kings

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    HARD IMPACT Mac Baracael of Phoenix engages Rein Cervantes of Blackwater in a hard collision during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. Phoenix won over Blackwater 124-120. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    HARD IMPACT Mac Baracael of Phoenix engages Rein Cervantes of Blackwater in a hard collision during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. Phoenix won over Blackwater 124-120. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    Import David Simon powered Talk ‘N Text’s 107-92 domination of Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Simon finished with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the field plus 14 rebounds and three blocks while freshman Jeth Troy Rosario tallied 22 points. The Tropang Texters improved their win-loss record to 5-4.

    Rookie Moala Tautuaa contributed 12 points and Jayson Castro 10 points for Talk ‘N Text.

    Othyus Jeffers led the Gin Kings with 29 points, 16 rebounds and six assists.

    Ginebra’s win-loss record dropped to 5-4.

    In the first game, newcomer Phoenix Petroleum blasted Blackwater 124-120 in overtime behind the spectacular performance of Mac Baracael and import Kevin Pinkney. Phoenix stopped a two-game losing skid to keep its playoff bid alive.

    The Fuel Masters sealed their third win after eight games during the extension period.

    Baracael, a former Far Eastern University standout, scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the field plus five rebounds while the 6’10 Pinkney finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Phoenix’s win-loss record improved to a 3-5.

    “That gave us – that brought our character to the next game,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Koy Banal during the postgame interview. “That OT will only bring our character to the next level. I thought we needed fresh legs.”

    JC Intal contributed 19 points via 7-of-11 shooting in the field, Ryan Roose Garcia notched 18 points plus five assists, Willie Wilson posted 16 points and seven boards while playmaker Josh Urbiztondo had 12 points plus seven assists.

    “My only reminder is to stay positive, and I like the positivity of the players throughout the game. It is hard, but it’s possible. Our goal is to make it at third or fourth place to have a better chance in the playoffs.”

    “Our last remaining games are against Rain or Shine, Globalport and San Miguel Beer. If we have to go through the eye of the needle, we’ll go through it. I like my second unit’s chemistry,” he added.

    Carlo Lastimosa, who finished with 28 points and seven rebounds, almost led Blackwater to victory with a game-tying three-pointer but got a foul during his attempt with 0.9 ticks left in the regulation.

    The shot brought the score to 109-all but he failed on the go-ahead bonus free throw resulting in a five-minute game extension.

    Baracael and Pinkney delivered a strong performance in overtime scoring eight unanswered points to help Phoenix outscore Blackwater 15-11 and seal the win.

    Rookie Arthur Dela Cruz finished with 21 points, JP Eram 18 points while import Malcolm Rhett had 18 points, 25 rebounds and four blocks.

    Blackwater’s win-loss record after a four-game losing streak dropped to 3-7.

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