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Texters on a roll

  • Written by Elmer N. Manuel
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Aug. 10

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Rain or Shine

7 p.m.  -- Ginebra vs. Blackwater

TALK N Text is on a roll.

The Tropang Texters survived a fourth quarter scare before escaping with a thrilling 101-95 victory over a gritty NLEX squad last night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Talk N Text notched its fourth straight victory to take solo lead in the provisional standings of the season-ending conference.

NLEX, on the other hand, suffered its third loss in four games.
   
The duo of Jayson Castro and rookie Troy Rosario carried the fight for the Texters from start to finish, with Castro finishing with a team-high 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Rosario capped the night with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
   
Castro was later named best player of the game.
   
Talk N Text import Mario Little also stood tall in the game, finishing with 18 points -- including the three-pointer in the last 24 seconds -- to lift the Texters to victory.
   
“We’re just winning close games, we’re just hanging in there,” said Talk N Text coach Jong Uichico. “We don’t give up, we just keep playing.”
   
“All our games are close, mabuti nakakalusot,” he added.
   
Uichico also had high praises for his wards, especially on Little.
   
“He may not give the numbers we all expect, but he gives something that the team does not have,” said Uichico. “He can play the 4 and the 3, and he makes the defensive system look better. It’s a little of everything from Mario Little.”
   
Actually, NLEX started off strong in the first half, as import Henry Walker sparked a 15-4 run to give the Road Warriors a 40-30 advantage midway in the second period.
   
Talk N Text tried to get back in the game and managed to trim the gap to four, 44-48, at the break.
   
The Road Warriors still led by nine early in the payoff period, but Castro was there to turn things around.
   
Castro hit a three-pointer that sparked an 11-2 run to come within striking distance.
   
But NLEX’s Asian import Rodrigue Akl and forward Sean Anthony made some big plays to push the Road Warriors back out front heading into the final stretch.
   
The game was tied at 89-all with three and a half minutes left to play.
   
The scores:
   
Talk N Text (101) -- Castro 23, Rosario 20, Little 18, Madanly 10, Rosales 8, Williams 7, De Ocampo 6, Reyes R. 5, Seigle 2, Tautuaa 2, Nuyles 0, Carey 0.
   
NLEX (95) -- Walker 26, Taulava 14, Anthony 12, Villanueva J. 12, Baracael 10, Khobuntin 9, Akl 7, Arboleda 3, Villanueva E. 2, Lanete 0, Monfort 0, Reyes 0.
   
Quarterscores: 18-21, 44-48, 65-71, 101-95.