And then there was one.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters squandered an early 17-point lead before escaping the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 85-74, Saturday at the Ynares Center to remain the only undefeated team in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Larry Fonacier sizzled for 26 points, including a key three-pointer that kicked off a late 14-2 run that preserved the fourth straight victory for the Tropang Texters.
San Mig Coffee, which missed star forward Marc Pingris who sustained an ankle injury last Sunday against Petron, suffered its first loss in three games.
Fonacier, who also had seven rebounds, led five Talk ‘N Text players in double figures. Jayson Castro had 16 points, Ryan Reyes added 12, Kelly Williams chipped in 11, and Ranidel De Ocampo posted 10.
Talk ‘N Text began the game with a 26-9 run midway through the first quarter en route to a 52-41 halftime lead.
But the Mixers fought back furiously after the break, and Mark Barroca fastbreak layup gave San Mig Coffee a 65-64 lead to end the third quarter.
Another Barroca layup gave the Mixers a 67-64 lead to open the fourth period, and the two teams battled in a nip-and-tuck affair through most of the fourth quarter.
A three-pointer by James Yap, who scored 18 points, gave San Mig Coffee its last taste of the lead, 72-71, midway through the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, Fonacier hit his key three-pointer that started Talk ‘N Text’s game-ending run.
Talk ‘N Text (85) – Fonacier 26, Castro 16, Reyes 12, Williams 11, De Ocampo 10, Peek 6, Dillinger 2, Carey 2, Gamalinda 0, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0, Alapag 0.
San Mig Coffee (74) – Yap 18, De Ocampo 12, Simon 11, Devance 10, Barroca 8, Reavis 5, Villanueva 4, Gonzales 4, Ramos 2.
Quarters: 32-20, 52-41, 64-65, 85-74
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