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Talk ‘N Text mangled the San Miguel Beer squad, 95-82, to capture their third PBA crown at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao before a record crowd of over 15,000.
It was Jimmy Alapag who ignited the charge, hitting a 3 pointer in the third period. From there, there was no looking back for the Texters which saw them lead by as much as 15 points.
Kelly Williams, Ali Peek, Ryan Reyes, Harvey Carey and Larry Fonacier contributed largely to the charge, handing TnT coach Chot Reyes his second title with the team and sixth overall since coaching in the PBA.
TNT’s first title was during the 2003 all-Filipino tournament under Joel Banal, while Reyes steered the team to the AFC in 2009.
The Beermen struggled after giving up the lead in the third period, thanks mainly to a pesky TnT defense.
Dondon Hontiveros and Arwind Santos failed to produce their usual numbers with only Jay Washington churning in 29 points in a losing cause.
TnT guards Jimmy Alapag and Jason Castro were names as the Finals co-MVPs by the PBA Press Corps.
The PBA takes a short break and will resume on February 18. Teams will be allowed to field in one import with a height of 6’4″.
Talk N’ Text 95 – Reyes 17, Alapag 15, Peek 15, Carey 13, De Ocampo 12, Williams 10, Castro 7, Fonacier 6, Dillinger 0, Aban 0.
San Miguel 82 – Washington 29, Hontiveros 11, Santos 10, Ildefonso 10, Miranda 9, Cabagnot 9, Salvacion 2, Racela 1, Pena 1, Yeo 0, Artadi 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarters: 32-22, 51-47, 69-62, 95-82.
|By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star)|
MANILA, Philippines – Having played 13 straight games in a month, Alaska Milk is looking forward to the rest days tomorrow and Tuesday.
But the Aces first want to make it two in a row over the San Miguel Beermen in their 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference best-of-seven title showdown.
Coach Tim Cone is convinced they would have a good shot at erecting a 3-0 lead Wednesday if they’re able to sustain the momentum of their Game One win Friday and repeat in Game Two today at the Araneta Coliseum.
Game Two is set at 6 p.m. with Philippine Dream Academy winner Bugoy providing entertainment at halftime.
“I don’t want to sound negative for my team, but obviously we took a lot to get Game One. We’ll just be out to try steal Game Two. If we can do that, we have two days to recover,” said Cone.
“We have to keep the game close and try to win in the end,” Cone added.
The Aces overcame a sluggish start with key runs in the second and fourth quarters as they drubbed the Beermen, 89-83, in the series opener Friday also at the Big Dome.
It’s a big turnaround from Alaska’s shaky stand versus San Miguel in their two previous meetings in the tournament.
“We’re a lot more confident. This team right now is not the same team in the eliminations. We feel we’re not the team that placed fourth in the elims,” said Cone.
The veteran Alaska mentor said his troops, finishing behind Talk n Text, San Miguel and Derby Ace in the elims, were hardened by their quarterfinals and semifinals playoffs with Ginebra and TnT. Both went the full distance.
“We’ve learned and grown. And that’s showing now. We’re ready to go,” said Cone.
San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen said they have to improve their execution if they’re to get back at Alaska tonight.
“Alaska is a very disciplined team. They execute their stuffs very well. Game One boiled down to that. While they executed very well, we, on the other hand, didn’t get the shots we wanted,” rued Tanquingcen.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with several errors. We turned the ball over 20 times and that’s crucial. It’s great opportunity for a good team like Alaska,” Tanquingcen added.
Diamon Simpson, who narrowly lost the Best Import award to Gabe Freeman, was dominant on both ends of the court firing away 28 points and snaring 21 rebounds.
But it was L.A. Tenorio who delivered the two dagger baskets – both from downtown – that took the life out of the mighty Beermen. His first three-pointer, with three minutes left in the tightly-fought, low-scoring contest, ignited an 8-0 closing run that shattered the game’s final deadlock and pushed the Aces to a 79-76 advantage. Another booming trey by the smart Alaska playmaker with 1:44 to go capped that searing blitz giving the Aces a comfortable 84-76 lead.
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MANILA, Philippines — Alaska broke out of the gates hard and never looked back, scoring a 94-83 decision of Talk ‘N Text Sunday night to forge a rubber match in their PBA Fiesta Conference best-of-seven semifinal series at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
The Aces played with energy the whole game and humbled the Tropang Texters on both ends, enjoying leads of as many as 18 points early and 19 late in the fourth.
“We had a really good game in terms of execution and playing both sides of the ball,” Alaska coach Tim Cone told reporters. “We took a little advantage of our quickness and that surprised them somewhat.”
Alaska will be playing its third straight Game 7 against the same foe, with the Aces losing the last – in the Philippine Cup Finals two seasons ago.
“We will just come out and execute our game plan,” Cone added, referring to Wednesday’s game. “They came out a little soft (Sunday night) and we were able to take advantage of that. But I don’t think that they will come out the same way (for Game 7).
“It will be 50-50,” Cone said.
Diamon Simpson scored 21 points, had 18 rebounds and three blocks and Cone used just seven more men who contributed offensively while playing hard-nosed defense all night.
After surging to a 30-12 lead late in the first period, the Aces kept the Texters within arm’s length the rest of the way with Talk ‘N Text coming no closer than two points at 57-59 before Alaska methodically wheeled away again.
Reynel Hugnatan knocked in a short jumper with 6:41 left for 87-68, and that basically doomed the Texters, who couldn’t sustain a last-gasp stand that had them coming within 83-91 on a Jason Castro layup with 2:19 left.
Cyrus Baguio stole off Jimmy Alapag on the next Talk ‘N Text play, scooting away alone for a layup that restored a 10-point lead with 1:45 left.
“Up until that point, actually, we didn’t feel that we were in any comfort zone,” said Cone, who bared that starting center Sonny Thoss would be out for the rest of the series because of chipped bones in his left foot.
The dilemma now for Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes, who got an unpleasant 47th birthday gift because of the loss, is whether he needs to change imports at the 11th hour because it was evident that Shawn Daniels wasn’t the reason why they lost the game.
“The worst part of this loss is that we got outworked,” Reyes said.
Daniels scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds, and together with Alapag, kept the Texters in the game after the Aces had taken that 18-point lead in the first period.
But Alapag, after scoring all of his 20 points in the first half, 15 in the second period, was bottled up in the final two quarters and failed to score the rest of the way.
The game was intense in the first 24 minutes, as several flagrant fouls were called. Even team owners Wilfred Steven Uytengsu of Alaska and Manny V. Pangilinan of Talk ‘N Text were seen screaming in the sidelines.
ALASKA 94 – Simpson 21, De Vance 19, Baguio 14, Tenorio 12, Dela Cruz 11, Borboran 8, Hugnatan 8, Fonacier 1.
TALK ‘N TEXT 83 – Alapag 20, Castro 19, Daniels 16, Williams 11, De Ocampo 7, Dillinger 4, Carey 3, Cardona 2, Yee 1, Aban 0.
Quarters: 31-17, 54-43, 77-63, 94-83.
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