MANILA, Philippines — Moala Tautaa scored 20 points and Jayson Castro made his season debut finishing with the same output as Talk N Text dealt Blackwater its first loss of the season, 99-92, in the Philippine Basketball Association at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Castro was out for the first two games as part of an extended time off, but he didn't miss a beat in his return helping Talk N Text win its second game in three starts.
Talk N Text needed to overcome a slow start against Blackwater though.
The Elite were up 30-21 at the end of the first quarter, before Talk N Text used a 13-point turnaround to end the half up 50-46, a lead it kept for good.
"Not the prettiest game for us but this will serve as a learning experience for us," said Talk N Text assistant coach Josh Reyes, who handled the primary play-calling duties despite the presence of head coach Nash Racela.
"They were the ones who did the game plan so OK lang na sila ang humawak at least for today," Racela said in a report on Spin.
(It's OK for the coaching staff to handle the team at least for today.)
Racela, who quit his head coaching job at Far Eastern University to join Talk N Text, only started to actively participate in Talk N Text's team activities after the Tamaraws were eliminated in the UAAP.
Mac Belo, a former FEU player who played under Racela last year, led Blackwater with 21 points and nine rebounds.
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