Texters rally to beat Batang Pier
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
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THANKS to Marqus Blakely, Terrence Romeo and Don Trollano, Talk ‘N Text kept its hot streak going in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Blakely, Romeo and Trollano struck for the big plays to help the Tropang Texters complete a huge comeback from 23 points down and pull off a 104-102 win over NorthPort last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Blakely, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, banged away 11 points when the Texters made key run in the fourth period, while Romeo added two triples and Trollano a triple, as TNT pulled off the come-from-behind win.
The Texters have now notched their fourth straight win in eight outings and second under new coach Bong Ravena.
“Wala namang sikreto,” said Ravena after the win. “It’s by working hard lang. Ang importante, ma-sustain ng team ‘yung energy namin all throughout the game.”
The Batang Pier were still in control, 95-77, early in the fourth period, when Blakely, Roger Pogoy, Romeo and Trollano teamed up in a terrible 19-1 blitz the tied the count at 96-all, three minutes left.
Sean Anthony regained the lead for NorthPort, 98-96, but Trollano quickly sank a triple, Blakely added a freethrow and a drive, TNT going up, 102-98.
Anthony made two freethrows and Paolo Taha a basket as NorthPort tied the game anew, 102-all, 15 seconds left. Blakely forced his way to the basket to put TNT on top for good. NorthPort failed to score in the ensuing play and tumbled to its sixth straight loss in the season-ending conference.
A basket by Don Trollano, two freethrows by Roger Pogoy off Mo Tautuaa’s foul, and a triple by Troy Rosario had NorthPort calling for early timeout in the third.
The Batang Pier continued to sputter as Marqus Blakely presided over another TNT onslaught but the Texters came to no closer than 76-63, before Jonathan Grey and Jericho Cruz engaged in a shooting showdown.
Grey struck for 11 straight points built around three triples for NorthPort, while Cruz carried the load for TNT with eight points. NorthPort ended the third with an 87-71 lead.
It was a different story though in the early goings dominated by the Batang Pier.
Tautuaa, Stanley Pringle and Rashad Woods made their presence felt in the first half, all of them scoring in double figures and cornering most of the rebounds.
Tautuaa banged away 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Pringle cut loose with 13 points on top of nine rebounds while Woods added 11 points and six rebounds as the trio helped propel the Batang Pier to 64-43 lead at the turn.
The Batang Pier got more rebounds, 29-21 and had more assists, 13-8, in dominating the first two quarters that saw Terrence Romeo the only one in TNT side to score in double figures in the entire first half.
Romeo, formerly of NorthPort, came away with 13 points, but the rest failed to provide sparks for TNT.
Woods sank two triples early in the game, and midway in the sme period he made two freethrows to ignite an 8-0 run which gave NorthPort a 23-12 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
TNT (104)- Romeo 25, Blakely 23, Rosario 12, Cruz 11, Pogoy 10, Trollano 7, Garcia 6, Reyes 3, Carey 2.
NorthPort (02) — Woods 19, Pringle 18, Tautuaa 18, Grey 18, Anthony 15, Javelona 9, Taha 4, Guinto 1, Elorde
0, Arana 0, Espinas 0, Fortuna.
Quarters: 21-32, 43-66, 71-87, 104-102.