TALK N Text and Meralco made short work on their quarterfinal rivals to complete the semifinal cast in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Tropang Texters drew solid plays from Jayson Castro to demolish Phoenix, 136-124 in the nightcap, while the Bolts annihilated newcomer Mahindra, 105-82 in the opening game of the quarterfinal doubleheader.
Having twice-to-beat advantages, the Texters and the Bolts finished off their respective foes in style and arranged a semifinal showdown set on Tuesday.
Ginebra and defending champion San Miguel, meantime, will open the semifinal wars on Monday.
Castro led the way for Talk N Text with a new career-high 42 points to finish off Phoenix in a high-scoring battle.
Castro was simply unstoppable on the floor, finishing daredevil drives to the basket and pulling up for jumpers when defenders fell asleep. He already had 29 points after the first two quarters.
The Texters were up by three, 70-67 at the break before they exploded in the second half.
Castro breached the 40-point mark with an and-one with still 4:44 left in the third quarter. That play also proved to be the start of Talk N Text’s breakaway.
“We’re going to enjoy for a minute then we’ll prepare for the next game,” said Talk N Text coach Jong Uichico.
Meralco, on the other hand, relied on reinforcement Allen Durham, who churned 24 points and 16 rebounds in the lopsided match. The win was also the Bolts’ third straight against the Enforcers.
Actually, Mahindra started off strong but failed to sustain their momentum as Talk N Text blitzed with a crippling 21-10 run to seal the deal.
“We really felt that this is an important game for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black. “If we lost tonight, we’ll give them confidence.”
In other developments, Terrence Romeo is expected to stay with the Globalport team for at least another three years.
That’s the assurance given by team officials to the explosive shooting guard whom the team selected fifth overall during the 2013 PBA Draft.
Globalport team manager confirmed that Romeo and Globalport have already agreed in principle, and that only some minor details are still being ironed before the fresh three-year contract is finalized.
“We’ll have to finalize na lang small details of his three-year contract,” said Tan, adding the terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Romeo is one of two consistent gunners of the Batang Pier, the other being Stanley Pringle.
The Batang Pier had their first semifinal appearance in the last Philippine Cup, but missed the playoff round of the midseason Commissioner’s Cup and the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
Meralco (105) -- Durham 24, Newsome 19, Hodge 14, Dillinger 12, Amer 7, Alapag 6, Faundo 6, Hugnatan 6, Nabong 5, Caram 2, Chua 2, Guevarra 2, Uyloan 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Buenafe 0.
Mahindra (82) -- White 20, Digregorio 14, Guinto 8, Agovida 7, Paniamogan 7, Taha 6, Canaleta 5, Jaime 5, Ballesteros 4, Ramos 3, Revilla 3, Bagatsing 0, Gallanza 0, Yee 0.
Quarterscores: 18-26, 50-45, 84-61, 105-82.
Talk N Text (136) -- Castro 42, Madanly 17, De Ocampo 16, Reyes 16, Fonacier 13, Williams 12, Rosales 9, Ammons 7, Rosario 4, Rosser 0, Tautuaa 0.
Phoenix (124) -- Phelps 39, Lee 24, Baguio 10, J. Wilson 10, Enciso 9, Lanete 9, Borboran 7, Urbiztondo 5, Hayes 4, Torres 3, Cruz 2, Intal 2, Buenafe 0, Pennisi 0, W. Wilson 0.
Quarterscores: 32-34, 70-67, 107-93, 136-124.