TNT's Ranidel de Ocampo fires a jumper against Meralco. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Talk 'N Text extended its winning streak to 5 games by crushing Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday.
The Tropang Texters limited the Bolts' scoring en route to a 91-68 win to remain atop the standings.
Meralco's 68-point output turned out to be the franchise’s record lowest in any import-laden conference.
“Today was a good example of a very good defensive effort in our part,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Noman Black in the league’s official website.
“Our defensive game plan is a little complicated because of the talent of Brian Butch, so we had to change our game plan for him. And I thought, my players did an excellent job on executing what we wanted to get done today defensively, which was basically try to control Gary David, and at the same time, limit the production of the import,” he added.
The Texters held the usually explosive David to just 8 points. They were also successful in holding Brian Butch scoreless in the final quarter.
At the other end of the floor, Talk ‘N Text got consistent scoring from 5 players.
Ranidel de Ocampo and Jayson Castro tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively. Fonacier added 14, while import Richard Howell scored 13. Harvey Carey, for his part, churned out 11 points.
Meralco was leading early in the first quarter, 12-4, but Fonacier and Castro pushed Talk ‘N Text ahead, 28-24.
The Bolts tied the scores 33-all midway the second canto but they were grossly outshot in the third frame.
The Tropang Texters continued to pounce on the Bolts, even erecting leads as big as 24 point numerous times in the payoff period.
Butch finished the game with 16 points, while John Wilson was the only other Bolt that tallied a double figure with 11 points.
In the second game, Barangay Ginebra carved out a 113-107 win over GlobalPort.
The Gin Kings recorded its second win in games to tie Air21 and Meralco at fourth place.
The Batang Pier, meanwhile, fell to their fifth straight defeat.
Talk ‘N Text 91 – de Ocampo 15, Castro 14, Fonacier 14, Howell 13, Carey 11, Canaleta 9, Williams 7, Salamat 2, Baclao 2, Alapag 2, Rob Reyes 1, Ryan Reyes 1, Aban 0, Jai Reyes 0.
Meralco 68 – Butch 16, Wilson 11, David 8, Caram 5, Hugnatan 5, Mandani 5, Ildefonso 4, Hodge 4, Salvacion 3, Dillinger 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Guevarra 2, Bringas 0.
Quarterscores: 28-24, 43-33, 68-49, 91-68.