Texters edge Express, Aces drub Batang Pier


Posted at Mar 09 2014 12:56 AM | Updated as of Mar 09 2014 08:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Talk ‘N Text edged Air21, 95-91, for its second straight victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

In the other game, defending champion Alaska got its first win by manhandling GlobalPort, 93-77.

Richard Howell led the way for the Texters, tallying 29 points, including a couple of baskets that held off the Express down the stretch. The reinforcement connected 11 out of 21 from the field and was 7 out of 10 from the free throw line.

"Howell played pretty well in the second half," said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black in the official league website. "He’s shown he’s very strong inside and he’s a good defender."

The Texters now stand atop the standing with two victories in two outings.

"It feels good to get our second win," said Black. "It’s important this conference to get a win because it’s a sprint."

Meanwhile, Alaska rebounded from a conference-opening day loss to Talk ‘N Text by beating GlobalPort.

Last year’s best import, Rob Dozier, orchestrated a 15-1 run early in the fourth quarter that left the Batang Pier reeling until the end of regulation.

Dozier scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half.

"I’m so proud of him. Every time he went down (from a fall), he got up… Dozier got going and everybody got going. It’s a war of attrition for him," said Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo.