TALK 'N Text opened the second half with crisp ball movement and airtight defense like the Texters of old on the way to a merciless 91-68 ripping of sister team Meralco in their PBA Commissioner's Cup clash on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Locals Jason Castro, Larry Fonacier, Ranidel de Ocampo and Harvey Carey had their shining moments in the team's overpowering second half performance to secure their fifth straight victory in as many games in the import-laced conference.
The loss snapped the Bolts' two-game winning streak as they fell to an even 2-2 win-loss record in the company of idle Air21 Express in the middle of the standings.
Meralco failed to get the usual solid offensive from sweet-shooting import Brian Butch, who was shackled defensively by Talk 'N Text from the second period onwards.
"I thought today was a good example of a very good defensive effort on our part," said Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black.
Black credited De Ocampo for setting the tone on defense, as he, along with teammate Kelly Williams, limited Butch to just nine points in the first half.
Butch, a one-time NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year, entered the game averaging 32.6 points - second best in the league.
But he struggled against the Tropang Texters' defense, finishing with a PBA career-low 16 points on an atrocious 6-of-21 field goal shooting.
Meantime, De Ocampo led the Tropang Texters with 15 points, while Castro and Fonacier each scored 14.
John Wilson was the lone local player to score in double figures for Meralco with 11 points.
The Bolts shot just 31.5 percent from the field and were out rebounded by the Tropang Texters, 61-50.
Talk 'N Text 91 - De Ocampo 15, Castro 14, Fonacier 14, Howell 13, Carey 11, Canaleta 9, Williams 7, Salamat 2, Baclao 2, Alapag 2, Reyes Ro. 1, Reyes Ry. 1, Aban 0, Reyes J. 0.
Meralco 68 - Butch 16, Wilson 11, David 8, Caram 5, Hugnatan 5, Mandani 5, Ildefonso 4, Hodge 4, Salvacion 3, Dillinger 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Guevarra 2, Bringas 0.
Quarterscores: 28-24, 43-33, 68-49, 91-68