TALK ‘N Text unleashed both its full offensive and defensive might in a game-changing second half, turning San Mig Coffee into a virtual punching bag in a lopsided 92-63 victory Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag stood at the forefront of the Tropang Texters’ vicious third quarter tear, combining for 19 points during that critical stretch when the defending champions began to rip the game apart.
The Tropang Texters just held a 37-29 lead at the half before unleashing the huge scoring run.
Displaying crisp passing, accurate outside sniping, and tight interior defense, the Tropang Texters led by as much as 87-52 in a game that featured two of the league's top teams.
“I think today’s game, we played good defense against the best defensive team in the league, even though we haven’t been putting a lot of points on the board,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black, whose team hiked its record to 9-2, the best in the league.
Acknowledged as the best defensive team in the PBA right now, San Mig got a dose of its own medicine after it was held down to a conference-low 63 points.
The Mixers saw their five-game winning streak finally snapped as they slide down at third place a 7-3 record, behind second-running Rain or Shine (8-3).
It was the worst loss in franchise history for San Mig Coffee since 2003.
“We did a good job from start to finish. We got a lot of good looks into the baskets and did well with our spacing,” added Black, who just last week, booked his 500th coaching win.
With Black preaching defense throughout the game, the Tropang Texters responded positively, holding the Mixers to just 31.2 percent shooting from the field on a 24-of-77 clip.
Talk ‘N Text also blitzed San Mig Coffee in the fastbreak department, 13-0, while forcing the boys of Tim Cone to 20 turnovers in the game.
The defending champion now holds a 2-0 edge over San Mig in their head-to-head duel this season after emerging victorious in their first round encounter last Oct. 20, 85-74.
Alapag led the Tropang Texters with 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists, while Ranidel de Ocampo and Fonacier added 15 and 11 markers, respectively.
James Yap led the Mixers with just 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Cone no longer fielded him in the final period.
Joe Devance added 12, but also shot horrendously from the field (5-of-15).
Talk ‘N Text (92) -- Alapag 19, De Ocampo 15, Fonacier 11, Castro 10, Williams 8, Peek 7, Reyes 5, Aban 5, Carey 5, Dillinger 3. Raymundo 2, Gamalinda 2, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.
San Mig Coffee (63) -- Yap 13, Devance 12, Intal 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Pingris 3, Reavis 3, Ponferada 2, Gaco 2, Villanueva 2, Pacana 0, Gonzales 0, De Ocampo 0.
Quarterscores: 20-15, 37-29, 71-45, 92-63