MANILA, Philippines – Veteran guard Nino Canaleta caught fire for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters Tuesday night, draining six triples to help power his team past Barako Bull, 99-84, and clinch a berth in the PBA Governors Cup semi-finals.
Canaleta finished with 25 points – 14 of which came in the second half. It was the kind of performance that the former slam dunk champion used to put on against Talk 'N Text, something that Coach Norman Black took note of.
"Today, the guy who stepped up is KG Canaleta, who just had an exceptional shooting night," he said, as quoted by PBA.ph. "I had to tell KG that when he was in Air21, he was the Talk 'N Text killer, because he played great against us."
"That's the reason why we traded for him, and tonight, he did it for us against another team," Black added. "We're hoping for another big game in the future."
Even as he praised Canaleta, Black pointed out that their victory came from a "great team effort."
"We're very balanced as far as scoring is concerned," he said. "We had a lot of contributions from almost everybody."
"One of the keys in my team is we really have to get at least four guys scoring in double-digits. We have to be balanced, so we don’t have to rely totally on (import) Paul Harris," he added.
Against Barako Bull, Harris had 24 points, while Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo scored 16 and 14, respectively.
With their victory, the Texters have advanced to the semi-finals, where they will play against the San Mig Coffee Mixers in a rematch of the recent Commissioners Cup finals.