Talk 'N Text's Danny Seigle slams the ball against Rain or Shine. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters lost import Richard Howell late in the first half but managed to hold on to defeat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 85-82, and keep their record spotless in the PBA Commissioners Cup Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Howell exited the game late in the second quarter after a bad fall, and had to be rushed to the Makati Medical Center. In his absence, the E-Painters overhauled a 13-point lead and took a 37-36 advantage at halftime.
But the Texters’ local players came up big in the third period, with Larry Fonacier, Ranidel De Ocampo and Jayson Castro hitting key shots to outscore Rain or Shine , 34-17, in the third frame and seize control of the game again.
They also held off multiple Rain or Shine runs in the final period to wrap up their eighth win in a row and move to within one game of sweeping the conference’s elimination round.
“I’m very glad we’re able to survive. It turned out to be very physical, very rugged. We needed guts to be able to win this game,” Talk 'N Text head coach Norman Black told PBA.ph.
But the victory may have come at a high cost for the Texters, as Howell – who collided with Rain or Shine star guard Paul Lee – now needs to be checked for a possible shoulder injury.
“I’m not sure about our import. He’s to undergo an MRI test,” said Black.
Black also praised his local players, saying: “They played hard, they didn’t give up.”
The Elasto Painters had their chances in the endgame, but after Jimmy Alapag flubbed free throws with 10 seconds left, import Wayne Chism mishandled a rebound, and Beau Belga misfired on a potential game-tying triple at the buzzer.
Rain or Shine dropped to 3-4 this conference.
TALK N’ TEXT 85 – Canaleta 19, Williams 13, Seigle 12, Fonacier 11, Castro 8, De Ocampo 7, Carey 5, Alapag 5, Reyes 3, Howell 2, Reyes 0, Baclao 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 82 – Chism 18, Belga 12, Lee 11, Tiu 8, Chan 7, Arana 6, Almazan 5, Norwood 5, Cruz 4, Rodriguez 4, Tang 2, Uyloan 0, Nuyles 0, Teng 0.
Quarterscores: 21-14, 36-37, 70-54, 85