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haba ng pahinga ng tnt ah.....pabor na pabor sched ng pba ah....
Talk ‘N Text back in form, rips Barako Bull
-image by Nuki Sabio
Slowly but surely, Talk ‘N Text is getting back to championship form.
The Tropang Texters blew past Barako Bull, 109-89, in the PBA Governors Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Jayson Castro came off the bench and finished with 23 points, including three triples. Paul Harris contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds while Larry Fonacier played his most productive game of the conference as the Tropang Texters notched their first back-to-back wins in the tournament.
“I think we played much better today,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes. “We played 48 minutes of good basketball. Last game against Alaska, we played good for 40 minutes but we screwed up in the last eight minutes.”
“The long layoff also gave us a chance to practice more and develop team chemistry, but this will be a long climb for us. What we attained tonight is make it to the .500 mark,” he added.
Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 11 points while Ali Peek had 10 points and eight boards.
Even Japeth Aguilar had a steady game on Wednesday, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds in what was easily his most impressive game in a long while.
Talk ‘N Text (109) – Castro 23, Harris 21, Fonacier 20, De Ocampo 11, Peek 10, Aguilar 8, Aban 7, Alapag 5, Williams 4, Gamalinda 0.
Barako Bull (89) – Miller 25, Hickerson 20, Seigle 18, Tubid 9, Allado 6, Kramer 5, Najorda 4, Cruz 2, Vergara 0, Sharma 0.
Quarterscores: 31-23, 59-45, 85-72, 109-89
kaya pala mahaba pahinga ng tnt...busy sa commercial....pag pablik sa pba 100% na si castro.....tsk tsk tsk
Recharge na rechare ang TNT kagabi parang pinagpahinga lang muna.
hayan na ang TNT dafuq
The wonders of sports medicine! But with castro's basketball style, I will not be surprised if he gets injured again.
As for the long lay-off, it has advantages and disadvantages.
Siyempre, sunod-sunod ang games nila sa crucial stretch ng conference. I think the schedule is a band-aid solution. I would rather have their games spread over the dates.
Clutch Talk ‘N Text weathers Caguioa explosion to escape Ginebra
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Talk ‘N Text weathered the rally of Barangay Ginebra late in the game and held on for a 113-111 thrilling win and extend its winning streak to three games in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Jayson Castro scored the last six points of the Tropang Texters, including a miraculous bank shot that doused the uprising of the Kings.
Castro had a chance at a three-point play off a foul by Jayjay Helterbrand, but missed the bonus shot. But it gave Talk ‘N Text a 111-108 lead with 27.6 seconds remaining.
Mark Caguioa’s misfired a short jumper on the next play and Castro collared the board and sank two free throws to put the game away. Cedric Bozeman hit a three-pointer in the next possession for the Gin Kings, but Talk ‘N Text dribbled the time out.
“We want to get better in two things. To get better in things we normally do and to get better health-wise,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes.
“We were able to weather the storm and without our top defensive players, we have to find ways to win and this time by outscoring them.”
Paul Harris finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Tropang Texters, who improved their win-loss mark to 4-3.
Ranidel de Ocampo added 21 points while Larry Fonacier chipped in 19, including booming three-pointer from deep left corner for a 107-101 spread. That ended Ginebra’s 12-1 assault, masterminded by Caguioa, that cut Talk ‘N Text’s lead to just three points.
Castro also netted double figures with 18 while Japeth Aguilar was huge off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds.
Caguioa had a conference-high 32 points, while Bozeman also scored 32 for the Gin Kings, whose record dropped to 4-4. No other Ginebra player hit double figures in scoring.
“It’s going to be a tough week. We are preparing ourselves for that,” said Reyes, whose next assignment is B-MEG on Wednesday.
Streaking Talk ‘N Text likely to keep Paul Harris as import
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The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters have won three straight games, and is now in solo third place in the Governors’ Cup with a 4-3 win-loss record.
And Paul Harris, the team’s reinforcement, could heave a sigh of relief, with the winning streak giving him some job security.
“There were some negatives in the game of Paul Harris, but there were also a lot of positives,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes after Harris led the Tropang Texters to victory over the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Sunday night.
“I was mad at him during the first period when he allowed Dylan Ababou to score seven points, so I pulled him out of the game.
But after his lethargic start, Harris bounced back strong in the second quarter, scoring 12 points. He added 16 in the second half to finish the game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Earlier, former Sta. Lucia import Anthony Johnson attended Talk ‘N Text practice to try out for Harris’ spot. But the improvement in Talk ‘N Text’s performance seemed to have saved Harris.
“To be honest, we were looking at Mario West as our backup import, but he agreed to play for Meralco,” said Reyes. “Yung mga magagaling na player na tinitingnan namin might not try their luck playing here because the NBA Summer League will start in July and they might play there instead.”
But beyond the lack of options, there’s something about Paul Harris that endears him to the squad.
“He truly cares and loves the Talk N Text organization,” said Reyes.
buti pa tnt nkaka 13 days of rest.......ty daw sa commercial....ayun 100% na si mr. wonderful kakasayaw....
nice 4 game winning streak na mukang magiging 5 pa yan dahil sure na mag eexperiment niyan si Guiao
TNT is picking at the right time....Solid na solid ang laro nila.
The key of course is the return of Jayson Castro in the fold. Coupled with a relatively healthier Ryan Reyes and an improving Japeth Aguilar, TNT has found itself being the feared champion team that it's known to be. We still have to see Jared Dillinger and Harvey Carey in action but you can see how good their team is if complete:
Ranidel De Ocampo
Those are 11 players that are capable of starting for any team, including TNT itself. Then you have a pair of solid reserves in Rich Alvarez and Aaron Aban and you know this team will continue contending for the championship every time.
TNT may also have added motivation this conference as the players would want to give Chot Reyes a fitting send-off in his last conference as head coach. Norman Black takes over next season as Reyes prepares the national team. Regardless of how we view Reyes' coaching approach, his style is very effective and comes across well to his players who have completely understood their responsibilities and the accountabilities that go with these. Players don't mind if they get a rubdown from Reyes even in the middle of the game (Harris himself was an example in TNT's previous game against BGK) as they understand this is part of the expectations set forth among them.
Meanwhile, for ROS to crack the Finals, Yeng Guiao has to make sure that he starts piling wins as much as he can to make things easier for the team. If ROS beats TNT on Sunday, they'll wind up with a 8-1 card, and would need two more wins (out of five) in the semis to capture at least a tie for a Finals berth. Three out of five wins would catapult them to the Finals outright. Which is why Sunday's game between ROS and TNT is extremely important for both teams, not just for TNT. With the carryover format, the Sunday game should be treated by ROS as their first game in the semifinals. TNT, on the other hand, wants a victory to avoid complications for a semis berth as a victory would guarantee a slot in the semifinals.
My fear(ful) forecast at the end of the eliminations:
ROS - 7-2
TNT - 6-3
B-Meg - 6-3
Petron - 5-4
BGK - 5-4
Meralco - 5-4
Powerade - 4-5
Barako - 3-6
Alaska - 2-7
Air 21 - 2-7
A failure on Powerade's part to crack the semis this conference would mean Gary David's kissing his MVP hopes goodbye and paving the way for a possible Mark Caguioa award. I can't see BGK losing to Barako in a potential do-or-die game. Powerade, on the other hand, is hard-pressed for a win against the favored Llamados.
Might be a very different lineup from Chot because of a different coaching philosophy. Black likes a more deliberate, less turnover-prone setup anchored on quality bigs posting up. This is a complete anti-thesis of Reyes' setup although I don't expect Black to make an immediate revamp of the team's philosophy.
Black would want a Greg Slaughter dominate the paint, a solid yet calculating point guard to handle the court generalship, and a bunch of shooters to loosen up the interior defense. Trades may be forthcoming but I see Black retaining the services of Fonacier, Williams, De Ocampo, Aguilar, Carey and Reyes. He may opt to give up Alapag (to retirement) and Castro (for a more controlled PG, if he can find one) but he may also ask Castro to play it more deliberate.
next season, norman black will be the main man of tnt. sir jpm, who do you think might be his assistant coaches? will they retain the former group or create a new cluster of coaches?