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    Undermanned Texters show Ginebra they won't go down without fight

    Apr 28, 2013
    Ginebra import Vernon Macklin pulls off a highlight-reel dunk against Talk 'N Text's Jerome Jordan. Jerome Ascano

    TALK ‘N Text’s rich championship experience came to play when it mattered most as it nosed out Barangay Ginebra, 85-79 to level their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series at one win apiece on Sunday at a packed Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Texters opened the final period with a crippling 12-0 bomb to erase a nine-point Ginebra lead while big man Ranidel de Ocampo buried the back-breaking three-pointer with 33.7 seconds to play to complete a brave fightback before more than 17,000 fans at the Big Dome.

    Ginebra guards LA Tenorio and Josh Urbiztondo bungled late three-point attempts as the Texters tightened their defense after getting blown away in the opener of the best-of-five series, 81-104.

    “Just really happy we decided to play defense tonight,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black. “It’s (defense) really gonna be the key in the series. They (Gin Kings) are a very good defensive team. You really can’t score a lot of points against them.”

    Before de Ocampo's dagger three, Talk 'N Text players aside from Jimmy Alapag were 0-for-22 from three-point land in the series. Alapag is 4-for-13.

    Game Three is set on May 8, also at the Big Dome, as the league takes a break for the PBA All-Star week in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

    Playing without three key personnel in Ali Peek (knee), Kelly Williams (blood disorder) and Jared Dillinger, who figured in a vehicular accident on Saturday morning, the Tropang Texters struggled for much of the game behind the Gin Kings aggressive outside sniping.

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    Urbiztondo and veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand scattered seven triples between them that gave the Gin Kings a 68-59 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

    The scores:

    Talk N' Text 85 - Castro 22, Alapag 17, De Ocampo 16, Jordan 14, Carey 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Reyes 4, Aban 1, Raymundo 0, Fonacier 0, Ferriols 0.

    Ginebra 79 - Raymundo 17, Macklin 15, Urbiztondo 15, Helterbrand 12, Tenorio 8, Ellis 6, Taha 2, Baracael 2, Maierhofer 2.

    Quarters: 22-20, 47-44, 59-68, 85-79

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    Ginebra import Vernon Macklin pulls off a highlight-reel dunk against Talk 'N Text's Jerome Jordan. Jerome Ascano
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