PBA: Talk 'N Text seizes 3-1 lead vs Magnolia, now a win away from finals

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Posted at Aug 10 2022 08:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2022 09:39 PM

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Defending champion Talk 'N Text is now just a win away from returning to the PBA Philippine Cup finals after manhandling Magnolia in Game 4 on Wednesday.

The Texters outscored the Hotshots by 18 points in a dominant 102-84 win to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead in their best-of-seven semis clash.

With Magnolia putting more emphasis on defending Mikey Williams and Jayson Castro, the likes of Poy Erram and Roger Pogoy took advantage.

Erram came off the bench with 19 points and 13 rebounds for TNT. Pogoy had 18 markers, while Troy Rosario scored 15.

Williams made his presence felt in the second half, finishing with 15 points.

"'Yung bigs kasi, iniiwan nila. So 'yung mga coaches gumawa ng paraan na ma-open kami... Nao-overlook kaming mga bigs. Pero alam namin makakatulong pa kami sa team," said Erram.

Rebounding was also a big factor for TNT. The Texters outrebounded the Hotshots, 50-43, unlike in their previous encounters, and resulted to a dominant showing by TNT, which led by as much as 26.

"We always look at the defensive adjustments we can make, how they're scoring against us," said TNT coach Chot Reyes. "The focus really is to make stops. Secondly, we limit our turnovers. We knew that Magnolia will come out hard, but these guys are ready."

Ian Sangalang topscored Magnolia with 19, while Paul Lee added 17. Calvin Abueva, who was saddled with fouls, was limited to 2 points.

The Scores:

TNT 102 – Erram 19, Pogoy 18, M.Williams 15, Rosario 15, Castro 9, Khobuntin 9, Reyes 6, K.Williams 4, Cruz 3, Alejandro 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Banal 0, Marcelo 0, Montalbo 0, Tungcab 0

MAGNOLIA 84 – Snagalang 19, Lee 17, Dionisio 14, Reavis 7, Barroca 5, Dela Rosa 4, Corpuz 4, Jalalon 4, Wong 4, Zaldivar 2, Abueva 2, Brill 2, Laput 0, Escoto 0, Ahanmisi 0

QUARTERS: 18-15, 42-38, 70-54, 102-84 

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