THE real Talk ‘N Text showed up, but the Tropang Texters still had to survive a late run by San Mig Super Coffee to win Game Two, 86-76, and even the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Two days after a stunning blowout loss in Game One that snapped a rare 13-game winning streak, the Texters regained their dominant form to knot the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Game Three is on Tuesday also at the Big Dome.
“The main thing was effort,” Texters coach Norman Black said. “We played with a lot more intensity and energy. That’s what keyed the win.”
Jayson Castro carried the Texters offensively as he fired 30 points after being limited to just 17 on 3-of-15 shooting in the opener.
But the Mixers mounted a late fightback behind import James Mays, Ian Sangalang, and Justin Melton, who took the cudgels for the team, which played without stars James Yap and PJ Simon for most of the second half.
The Texters broke the game wide open in the middle quarters, where the man they called `The Blur' pumped in 20 of his total output and maintained a double-digit cushion that grew to as many as 16 points.
The Mixers, however, made the game more interesting for the 12,829 fans in attendance during the payoff period when they clawed back and came within six points, 73-79, after six straight point from Mays, who registered 15 points and 12 boards.
But Castro silenced the Mixers crowd with a booming triple from the top of the key that was enough for the Texters to hold on in the end.
TALK N' TEXT (86) – Castro 30, Howell 18, Fonacier 9, De Ocampo 8, Williams 8, Carey 4, Alapag 4, Canaleta 3, Reyes Ryan 2, Reyes Rob 0.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE (76) – Mays 15, Melton 15, Pingris 11, Barroca 7, Sangalang 7, Yap 6, Devance 5, Simon 4, De Ocampo 2, Mallari 2, Reavis 2.
Quarterscores: 19-15; 37-33; 65-49; 86-76.