Talk ‘N Text caps elimination round with 24-point win over Ginebra · Sunday, January 19, 2014 · 7:20 pm
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The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters ended its campaign in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup on a winning note, fashioning out a 103-79 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The game had no bearing on the standings, as Ginebra was already assured of the top seed in the playoffs while Talk ‘N Text was locked into a best-of-three quarterfinal matchup with the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.

It became quickly apparent that the Tropang Texters wanted to win more, taking a 32-21 advantage after the first quarter and cruising the rest of the way.

“We’ve lost our last three games in a row, so this was a game where we tried to build some confidence heading into the quarters,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.

Danny Seigle led the Tropang Texters with 20 points and seven rebounds while Ranidel De Ocampo had 19 and nine. Jimmy Alapag added 17 points and eight assists for Talk ‘N Text, which finished the eliminations with an 8-6 record to take the fourth seed heading into the playoffs.

Talk ‘N Text begins their series on Tuesday against a piping hot San Mig Coffee team that has won its last four games.

“They’re big, they’re long, they’re athletic,” said Black about the Mixers. “It will be a tough matchup.”

Greg Slaughter led Ginebra with 15 points, while Mark Caguioa was the only other player in double-figures with 11. The Gin Kings’ leading scorer Japeth Aguilar finished with a season-low six points in just 22 minutes.

Ginebra finished the elims at 11-3, in a tie with Rain or Shine. The Gin Kings, however, took the top seed after having beaten the Elasto Painters in their lone elimination tussle.

They will still await the result of Monday’s playoff matchup between the Alaska Aces and the Meralco Bolts, with the winner having twice-to-win disadvantage against the Gin Kings.


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