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The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters rallied to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 87-80, Sunday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to ride into the Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory under their belt.
Ali Peek had 16 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks to lead Talk ‘N Text, which came back from a 17-point third quarter deficit to book the victory.
Talk ‘N Text finished with just two defeats in 14 elimination round games, while Ginebra’s win-loss record fell to 7-7 to wrap up its campaign.
The game held little meaning for either team, as both were locked into their respective quarterfinal matchups. But the two squads didn’t play like it was a no-bearing game, with the action getting heated at several junctures.
Talk ‘N Text will play Air 21 in the quarterfinals, with the Tropang Texter enjoying twice-to-beat advantage. The series starts on Thursday.
“You can’t take any team for granted. I believe they’re better than their record,” said Peek.
Ginebra will take on Rain or Shine in a best-of-three series that kicks off Wednesday. It marks the second straight year the two teams face each other in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals. The Elasto Painters swept the Gin Kings in two games last season in the final eight of the same tournament.
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