In a battle between two offensive-minded teams, Talk ‘N Text did the one thing that spelled the difference – play good defense.
Two steals completed by the Tropang Texters that led to two crucial treys broke the game wide-open and allowed the defending champions to score a 111-97 triumph over the Powerade Tigers in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.
That two turnovers resulted to back-to-back treys from Larry Fonacier and Jayson Castro, allowing the Tropang Texters to make a 16-4 run and take their first sizeable lead, 97-85, early in the fourth period.
The Tigers never recovered from there and ended up absorbing their third loss in six matches, tied for fifth to sixth places with idle Barangay Ginebra.
The win enabled Talk N Text to secure a seat in the quarterfinals while keeping a hold of the solo lead with a 5-1 record.
“Coming to this game, we wanted to get the W to get us a pretty good chance of making the quarterfinals,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes.
The Tigers were coming off a huge victory over the Petron Blaze Boosters on Saturday and Reyes were hoping Powerade will come up with the same energy on Wednesday night.
“I felt we had to contend with the high that they had in their game against Petron. I think they played a perfect game against Petron, but we wanted to play good defense against Powerade. In a battle between
two top offensive-minded teams, I think the team that plays good defense will win it,” said Reyes.
Talk ‘N Text did just that, holding the run-and-gun Powerade squad to only nine points on fastbreak points.
The Tropang Texters also held the usually explosive Gary David to only two points in the fourth period.
David finished with 20 points to lead Powerade. Dwayne Jones finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Jared Dillinger exploded for 28 points in his second most productive game as a pro player, three points shy of matching his career best he posted last conference.
Talk N Text (111) – Dillinger 28, Fonacier 17, Alapag 15, Harvey 12, Castro 12, De Ocampo 8, Aguilar 6, Williams 6, Gamalinda 5, Reyes 2, Carey 0.
Powerade (97) – David 20, Jones 19, Anthony 13, Casio 13, Lassiter 12, Kramer 6, Lingganay 4, Vanlandingham 3, Allera 3, Calimag 2, Adducul 2, Cruz 0.
Quarterscores: 28-23; 56-46; 77-72; 111-97.