JUST two seasons ago, in the 2010-11 Philippine Cup, Alaska had 67 points in the first half en route to a 92-89 win over San Miguel Beer in an elimination-round game on December 5, 2010.
Almost two months later, or on January 26 to be exact and in Game Two of that conference’s best-of-seven Finals, Talk ’N Text had 68 points in the second half of a 110-102 win also over the Beermen en route to winning the front end of back-to-back all-Filipino titles.
Around two years later, or last Wednesday to be exact, the Tropang Texters would grind out a 66-65 win over the Aces at the start of their best-of-seven semiifinal in the 2012-13 Philippine Cup.
Yes, you read it right: Just 66 and 65 points for an entire 48-minute game for both teams - scoring outputs they both surpassed for just one half just two years ago.
Game One of the TnT-Alaska series went down the lowest scoring game in the conference, and produced the fewest combined points in a game since November 28, 2009 in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup when Purefoods beat Sta. Lucia 68-63 in Surigao City.
The Aces came up with their lowest output in a game since a 77-61 loss to B-Meg last June 13 in the 2012 Governors Cup.
For Talk ’N Text, it was its lowest output in a game since an 82-66 loss also to the Llamados last May 2 which was Game Five of the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The Tropang Texters’ 66 was the lowest winning scoring in the league by any team since Barangay Ginebra beat Rain or Shine 63-58 on Christmas Day four years ago in the 2008-09 Philippine Cup.
For Talk ’N Text, it was the MVP franchise's lowest winning score in the last 11 years, or since beating Sta. Lucia 57-53 on March 18, 2001 in the All-Filipino Cup when it was still known as Mobiline. That 57 by the then Phone Pals is the fourth all-time lowest winning score in league history and the second-lowest in franchise history.
(In that win over the Realtors, Mobiline shot just 27.6% from the field (18 of 65), the all-time lowest field goal percentage of a winning team.)
With Talk ’N Text and Alaska starting out their series with those scores in Game One and the other semis series between Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee being a battle of the top two defensive teams in the league, looks like points are going to come few and far in between in this Final Four.