Talk ‘N Text repulses Ginebra, improves to perfect 6-0 record · Sunday, March 23, 2014 · 7:40 pm
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Ranidel De Ocampo scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half to spark Talk ‘N Text to a 94-87 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters improved its perfect record to 6-0 to begin the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup, while the Gin Kings fell below .500 at 2-3.

“I think my team played good defense today, we executed what we wanted to do, to take the ball out of the hands of LA (Tenorio) and (Mark) Caguioa,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.

“Hats off to my players for executing the gameplan.”

Behind De Ocampo’s hot hands, Talk ‘N Text took control early on, opening up a 52-40 lead at the half.

The Tropang Texters remained in the driver’s seat through the fourth quarter, holding an 87-74 lead on a basket by import Richard Howell.

De Ocampo hammered Ginebra import Leon Rodgers on a drive, resulting in a flagrant foul on the Tropang Texters big man. That proved to be the spark the Gin Kings needed, as they rattled off seven straight points to cut the deficit to six points, 87-81.

Ginebra remained in striking distance, coming to within four points, 89-85, with 42 seconds left on a layup by LA Tenorio.

But Larry Fonacier snuffed out any hopes of a Ginebra comeback, nailing a three-pointer with 29.4 seconds left for a seven-point advantage.

With six games under their belts, the Tropang Texters will enjoy a lull in the schedule before they get back into action against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers on March 31.

“We have seven days off coming, so I’m happy to take a break,” said Black.

The scores:

TALK N’ TEXT 94 – De Ocampo 28, Howell 19, Castro 11, Reyes Ry. 11, Fonacier 10, Williams 8, Canaleta 4, Alapag 3, Reyes Ro. 0, Baclao 0, Carey 0.

GINEBRA 87 – Rodgers 32, Caguioa 14, Baracael 13, Tenorio 9, Slaughter 8, Aguilar 5, Ellis 2, Reyes 2, Helterbrand 2.

Quarters: 28-26, 52-40, 76-65, 94-8


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