JASON Castro and Jimmy Alapag came up with key baskets while Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey took care of the boards as Talk ‘N Text outlasted a fighting Alaska side, 114-111 in overtime in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup match on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Castro fired 20 of his career-high 33 points in the second half while Alapag added 20, including the go-ahead, top-of-the-key three-point shot late in the game to preserve Talk ‘N Text’s second win in three starts.
Dondon Hontiveros, who earlier drained a triple to push the Aces to within 111-112, missed a pair of pressure-packed free throws with 15.8 seconds to go in overtime, hurting Alaska's chances.
After Williams split his free throws, Alaska guard JV Casio tried to go for the quick two, but found the lane crowded as he missed what could have been a potential game-tying shot.
Carey pulled down the key rebound from there, was fouled by Gabby Espinas, before splitting his free throws in the dying seconds, sealing Alaska’s third defeat in four outings.
“I feel great. We really struggled the last game against Petron. And this game is tough also against Alaska,” said a relieved Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black after the game. “It’s just one of those games we had to gut it out and be a good team when it comes down to it.”
Black said they are set to activate newly-acquired forward Danny Seigle next Tuesday when the Texters face the Globalport Batang Pier.
But he and the rest of the Talk ‘N Text coaching staff will have to make a difficult decision on who to drop among his current five Fil-foreign players into the reserve list before Tuesday.
The league cap for active Fil-foreign players is five per conference. The Texters already have Alapag, Williams, Sean Anthony, Ali Peek and Carey in the active roster.
Aldreche Ramos scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Alaska (1-3).
Talk N' Text 114 - Castro 33, Alapag 20, Fonacier 18, Carey 15, Williams 7, Reyes 7, Poligrates 5, Peek 4, Anthony 3, Baclao 2, Celiz 0, Reyes 0.
Alaska 111 - Ramos 20, Thoss 16, Hontiveros 15, Abueva 14, Casio 13, Espinas 12, Baguio 10, Jazul 7, Dela Cruz 2, Eman 2, Avenido 0, Buenafe 0.
Quarters: 28-24, 50-48, 75-74, 103-103, 114-111