Okay. I've said enough. basta.
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Kudos also to TNT for a great series against the B-Meg Llamados. Last night's game was one of the most heartbreaking defeats in the club's history. In the end, free throw shooting spelled doom for Chot Reyes' team. Had they made those free throws earlier, it would have been much harder for the Llamados to come back and eventually force overtime.
Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes and Jimmy Alapag even Donnel Harvey and Ali Peek all deserve a purple heart for their performance.
^especially Castro, I feel for the man. During the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, I was just hoping the lead was enough for us to fend off any B-Meg comeback. Sadly, after Harvey fouled out, after Ryan Reyes' injury and Alapag sidelined for a couple of game seconds and Jason Castro trying to shake off pain, I knew that the last B-Meg possession would be for a 2-points to be assured of a tie with our depleted line-up.
It was really heartbreaking that I turned off the TV during the last minute of overtime.
Time to bounce back after the ALL-STARS at Laoag city.
It was a sorry loss for us but we still keep fighting till end. Bawi tayo next conference. Lets go mga Tropa!
‘Mighty Mouse’ nearly saved the day: Alapag plays career game in loss
Diminutive Talk ‘N Text guard Jimmy Alapag played what was arguably the best game of his PBA career Sunday night, scoring 29 points on a mere 14 shots in a heartbreaking Game Seven loss to the B-MEG Llamados.
He had struggled for much of the PBA finals. After averaging 12.3 points per game in the elimination round, he saw his production drop to just 7.2 points through six games of the PBA finals.
Alapag, one of the PBA’s most prolific and efficient scorers, had such a tough series, even being called out, alongside teammate Ranidel De Ocampo, as being on “a vacation” by coach Chot Reyes.
Many things weighed heavily on Alapag’s mind and body. He was dealing with personal tragedy, with both his father and brother suffering serious health concerns just weeks before. He was also hitting a wall physically, having foregone his break by directly reported to the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team after his season ended last year.
But in Game Seven, the biggest of stages in the game of basketball, it was Alapag – the leader, the 10-time All-star, and the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player – who took over the game for the Tropang Texters.
Here I come to save the day, Alapag seemed to say, with every dribble, every pass and every shot that swished through the net. Here I come, he said, and didn’t stop going at the B-MEG defense.
By the end of period, he had finished with 14 points to total 25 in the game through three quarters.
And to top things off, he opened the fourth quarter with one of his patented long three-pointers from what Talk ‘N Text likes to call “Jimmy range,” named for his uncanny ability to remain accurate even 30-foot away from the basket.
His free throw gave Talk ‘N Text a 69-60 lead, before B-MEG went on its late charge. And even though the Tropang Texters lost, Reyes was all praises for his veteran leader.
“Jimmy played the game of his life,” said Reyes, who gave a clue as to why Alapag was so motivated to play well.
“That may be the last time his father can watch him play.”
Alapag’s 73-year-old father Crispin was diagnosed with cancer last month, and Alapag made a trip to the United States before the Tropang Texters’ semifinal series against the Barako Bull Energy. Whether his father was in his thoughts while on the court, Alapag certainly played this one like it was the last basketball game that would ever matter.
He pushed himself as hard as he can, pushed as hard as his body would let him in a near-superhuman effort from the little guy with the biggest of hearts.
And in the end, he played himself until he had to be carried off the floor by teammates in the dying minutes of regulation.
He suffered a case of cramps, and though he would later return in the overtime period, the image of him being lifted of the floor was a fitting end to one of Alapag’s most memorable performances.
“We gave it our all,” said Reyes of his team’s effort. “We left everything on the floor. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
Nobody embodied that in Game Seven more than their captain, their All-star, their MVP. 29 points in 32 minutes, including seven three-pointers, but it still wasn’t enough. He played himself until he broke, but it wasn’t enough.
He came to save day, and though it wasn’t meant to be – Jimmy Alapag came pretty darn close.
as if to say, "pasalamat kayo may sakit ako, may sakit ang mga myembro ng pamilya ko, pinatawag kasi ako sa national team, pinabili kasi ako ni nanay ng suka, etc., kundi lang sana hindi kayo mananalo sa amin."
then wag sila magtaka kung kulang sila ng karisma maski anong galing nila maglaro. lechugas...
i think talk n text has the best problem right now and that's how to get a grand slam. sure kabit sila ng bmeg and makakabit sila ng ginebra and petron in the near future pero kailangan ba natin talagang kaawaan sila?
kung kalinkingan ng win-loss record nila meron ang air21 edi siguro ang saya saya na ngayon ni franz pumaren!
bawi tayo sa next conference! :thumbs up: pero habang wala pang games, nasa commercial ng Talk N Text ang mga katropa! nice one!
TNT binoycott ang ALL STAR WEEKEND. tsk tsk tsk... ganyan ba dapat umasta ang mga players nila??? PBA should sanction the players. Ginagawa lang nilang excuse yung injury, pero kung sila yung nag champion malamang kumpleto sila sa All Star. Hindi nila matanggap na natalo sila. tsk tsk tsk....
TNT binoykot ang All Star.... Parang di na kayo sanay sa Walk and Text ni Manay yung mga Players ng TNT mana kay chotita maraming excuses
Well para saken mas ok ng iboycott mo ang allstar kesa iboycott mo ang National Team maganda rin naman dahilan nila dahil last year pa silang mga walang pahinga puro final appearances then nag FIBA Asia pa kung gusto talaga pag pahingain wala tayong magagawa yun siguro yung nakita ng management nung nakaraang series talagang naubusan na sila Kelly,Ranidel at Jimmy
I understand the TNT camp..
they look so drained, face wise..
^^ will Jayr Reyes be enough for the texters.. or are they going to the BIGGER fish?
Sorry Talk and Text fans. But your team is a bunch of sore losers. Pulling out of the All-Star Weekend just because they lost the Commisioners Cup finals. Just goes to show that money can't buy a little bit of class.