NEWLY crowned three-time champion Talk ‘N Text was the No. 1 team scoring-wise in the just concluded 2012-13 Philippine Cup with its 93.2 points per game average.
TEAM GP Tot Pts PPG
Talk ‘N Text 25 2331 93.2
Meralco 16 1470 91.9
Globalport 14 1268 90.6
Petron Blaze 15 1340 89.3
Rain or Shine 27 2406 89.1
Alaska 22 1956 88.9
Air21 15 1327 88.5
Brgy. Ginebra 17 1479 87.0
Barako Bull 14 1203 85.9
San Mig Coffee 21 1786 85.1
But the Tropang Texters also won their third straight all-Filipino title with their defense, especially in the best-of-seven Finals where they swept Rain or Shine, 4-0.
In that four-game shutout, Talk ‘N Text held the Elasto Painters to an average of just 81.0 ppg - the lowest since Alaska normed 79.0 in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup where, curiously, the Aces were also swept, 4-0, by Purefoods.
The Tropang Texters did not allow Rain or Shine to score more than 82 points in a game in the title series, the first time this has happened in a PBA Finals in the era of 48-minute games.
But it was Talk ‘N Text’s unforgiving defense on the Elasto Painters’ three-point shooting that proved to be the final nail in the coffin.
From the eliminations to the quarterfinals, Rain or Shine shot a fifth league-best 32.1 percent from beyond the arc. In the semifinals against San Mig Coffee, the Elasto Painters shot 27.8% from three-point range (44 of 158) but still beat the Mixers in six games.
In the Finals, Rain or Shine’s outside shooting just could not get untracked – a woeful 19.3% clip, or just 16 of 83:
Here is how the Painters' gunners fared:
Jeff Chan 2 of 16 (13%)
Beau Belga 1 of 8 (13%)
Paul Lee 2 of 14 (14%)
Gabe Norwood 1 of 6 (17%)
Ryan Arana 1 of 5 (20%)
JR Quinahan 3 of 14 (21%)
Chri sTiu 2 of 9 (22%)
TEAM 16 of 83 (19%)
Since at least the 2000 season, this is the worst three-point shooting clip by a team in a PBA Finals. The previous worst clip in the new millennium was Alaska’s 21.4% or 6 of 28 in the 2000 All-Filipino Cup title series where it actually still beat Purefoods, 4-1.
“That has been my philosophy even when I was still a player – defense wins championships,” said Talk ‘N Text head coach Norman Black in the post-Game Four press conference.
“I knew Talk ‘N Text was already a great offensive team. My whole goal was to make them win whether they score a hundred or when they score 60,” added Black.
And the Tropang Texters did, finishing the conference with a 13-2 win-loss record when they scored at least 90 in a game and 8-2 when they didn’t.
A team with offense, defense, and tons of championship experience – that is how deadly Talk ‘N Text has already become.