TALK ’N Text banked on a hot start to outclass Meralco, 108-84, on Wednesday and keep its bid alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal race at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After losing their first semifinal assignment against B-Meg, the Texters need to win their last four games to avail of the 4-of-5 incentive and get a playoff shot at a finals berth.
With their backs against the wall, the Texters showed no letup from start to finish and led the out-of-it-all Bolts by double-digits throughout the game.
“We’re left with no other choice but to win our remaining games,” Texters coach Chot Reyes said, whose squad’s next assignments will be against Petron, Rain or Shine, and Ginebra.
“We know it’s going to be very hard, pero ika nga nila, habang may buhay, may pag-asa,” Reyes said. “We just have to continue fighting and see how far this will take us.”
The Texters shot 57.1 percent from the field against Meralco, with Ranidel de Ocampo typifying the Texters’ fine performance.
The 6-foot-7 power forward made all but one of his nine field-goal attempts and converted all of his five charities on his way to a game-high 24 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists.
In his last game against the Llamados, De Ocampo scored just three points and missed his last eight attempts, including the potential game-tying triple down the stretch.
Japeth Aguilar tallied 20 points, 10 boards, and two blocks for the Texters, who improved to 6-5.
Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams and Paul Harris also scored in double figures for the Texters, with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.
Mario West registered 21 points, 10 boards, five assists, and four steals for the Bolts.
TALK 'N TEXT 108 – De Ocampo 24, Aguilar 20, Alapag 12, Williams 11, Harris 10, Peek 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 5, Alvarez 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 0, Lao 0.
MERALCO 84 – West 21, Cardona 13, Daa 11, Mercado 9, Bulawan 8, Taulava 6, Hugnatan 5, Ballesteros 4, Reyes 4, Borboran 3, Ross 0, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0.
Quarterscores: 31-16; 64-43; 89-63; 108-84