TALK ‘N Text survived a Halloween scare by Mahindra, hacking out a 101-97 victory to barge into the win column of the PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Still groping for form, the Tropang Texters fell behind early, but proved steady down the stretch to bounce back from a 114-98 beating at the hands of Alaska last week.
“We’re not where we should be,” Texters coach Jong Uichico said. “We still have a long way to go.”
Jayson Castro delivered as usual with 28 points, including nine in the payoff period, while Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario shook off rookie jitters to end up with 12 points apiece.
LA Revilla stood tall for the Enforcers with 21 points, the last three on a three-point play that nudged them to within 99-97, while rookie Bradwyn Guinto sustained his impressive play as he tallied 17 points and 13 boards.
But the duo failed to prevent the Enforcers from suffering a second straight setback.
The Enforcers still led by three points entering the fourth quarter, but the Texters grabbed the upper hand for good when Castro buried a jumper that made it 89-88 for his team with a little over five minutes remaining.
Still, the Enforcers stayed close in a see-saw battle that saw 10 lead changes and nine deadlocks.
An expansion team last year, the Enforcers even gave a chance to win in the endgame, only for Nino Canaleta to miss an ill-advised top-of-the key three-pointer.
Talk N' Text 101 - Castro 28, Rosario 12, Tautuaa 12, Fonacier 11, Reyes 10, R. Reyes 10, Carey 6, Rosser 6, Miranda 3, Seigle 3, Aban 0, Rodriguez 0.
Mahindra 97 -- Revilla 21, Guinto 17, Ramos 13, Jaime 12, Hubalde 8, Pinto 8, Canaleta 7, Bagatsing 5, Yee 4, Webb 2, Alvare 0, Laure 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19; 47-53; 73-76; 101-97.