Clutch Talk ‘N Text weathers Caguioa explosion to escape Ginebra

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Clutch Talk ‘N Text weathers Caguioa explosion to escape Ginebra

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:25 am

Clutch Talk 'N Text weathers Caguioa explosion to escape Ginebra

Kris Lagman, InterAKTV · Sunday, June 24, 2012 · 8:36 pm

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Talk ‘N Text weathered the rally of Barangay Ginebra late in the game and held on for a 113-111 thrilling win and extend its winning streak to three games in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro scored the last six points of the Tropang Texters, including a miraculous bank shot that doused the uprising of the Kings.

Castro had a chance at a three-point play off a foul by Jayjay Helterbrand, but missed the bonus shot. But it gave Talk ‘N Text a 111-108 lead with 27.6 seconds remaining.

Mark Caguioa’s misfired a short jumper on the next play and Castro collared the board and sank two free throws to put the game away. Cedric Bozeman hit a three-pointer in the next possession for the Gin Kings, but Talk ‘N Text dribbled the time out.

“We want to get better in two things. To get better in things we normally do and to get better health-wise,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes.

“We were able to weather the storm and without our top defensive players, we have to find ways to win and this time by outscoring them.”

Paul Harris finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Tropang Texters, who improved their win-loss mark to 4-3.

Ranidel de Ocampo added 21 points while Larry Fonacier chipped in 19, including booming three-pointer from deep left corner for a 107-101 spread. That ended Ginebra’s 12-1 assault, masterminded by Caguioa, that cut Talk ‘N Text’s lead to just three points.

Castro also netted double figures with 18 while Japeth Aguilar was huge off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds.

Caguioa had a conference-high 32 points, while Bozeman also scored 32 for the Gin Kings, whose record dropped to 4-4. No other Ginebra player hit double figures in scoring.

“It’s going to be a tough week. We are preparing ourselves for that,” said Reyes, whose next assignment is B-MEG on Wednesday.

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