Talk ‘N Text clinches No. 1 seed, denies Ginebra twice-to-beat bonus · Sunday, June 15, 2014 · 7:08 pm

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Talk ‘N Text secured the No. 1 seed in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup with a come-from-behind 96-92 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters finished the elimination round at 7-2 to finish at the top of the standings for the second straight tournament. They also played the spoilers’ role, sending Ginebra to 5-4 to deny the Gin Kings a spot in the top four, which comes with twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Talk ‘N Text will begin its quarterfinals campaign on Tuesday against No. 8 seed Barako Bull. Ginebra could end up at either No. 5 or No. 6 depending on the result of Monday’s matchup between Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee.

The Tropang Texters’ win also gave the Mixers one of the top four spots.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Mac Baracael gave Ginebra its biggest lead, 67-53, capping a 17-3 run for the Gin Kings late in the third quarter.

But Ginebra was dealt a tough blow after star center Greg Slaughter had to go out of the game after suffering a deep cut underneath his right eye after fouling Talk ‘N Text import Paul Harris. That came in the middle of a furious 21-6 run that pushed Talk ‘N Text ahead, 74-73, midway through the fourth quarter.

The lead seesawed between the two teams, before Ginebra import Zaccheus Mason tied the game at 83-all with two minutes to play.

“It felt like I was on a roller coaster today, both teams kept making runs,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.

Talk ‘N Text showed its championship poise down the stretch, scoring the next seven points of the game, capped by a three-pointer from Harris with 35 seconds remaining.

“Paul Harris once again came up big in the end for us,” said Black.

Harris led Talk ‘N Text with 31 points and 16 rebounds.

The scores:

TALK N’ TEXT 96 – Harris 31, De Ocampo 18, Castro 18, Fonacier 12, Canaleta 8, Alapag 5, Williams 2, Baclao 2, Reyes Ryan 0, Reyes Rob 0, Carey 0.

GINEBRA 92 – Aguilar 18, Mason 15, Slaughter 15, Baracael 14, Tanorio 14, Ababou 7, Helterbrand 3, Knuttel 2, Reyes 2, Monfort 2, Ellis 0, Caguioa 0.

Quarters: 19-20, 40-46, 55-67, 96-92


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