Texters strike

September 30, 2018

Games Wednesday:

(Araneta Coliseum)

4:30 p.m. -- Columbian vs. Magnolia

7 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Alaska

IT WAS a comeback of all comebacks for Talk N Text and import Marqus  Blakely.

Blakely hit a tie-breaking driving layup with 6.8 seconds left  as  Talk N Text rallied from the  depth of a huge 23-point deficit to  subdue  NorthPort,  104-102, in  the PBA Governor’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Blakely’s heroics capped a dramatic  comeback by the Tropang Texters, who rallied from 37-60 hole late in the second quarter  and 71-87 deficit after the third quarter to complete  stunning  turnaround before a shocked weekend crowd.

“Wala namang sikreto. It’s working hard lang talaga. Ang importante, ma-sustain ng team ‘yung energy namin all throughout the game,” said Talk N Text coach Bong Ravena, who led the Texters to their thid straight win and  fourth overall in eight outings.

For Batang Pier, it was a familiar sorry ending  Before their sixth straight setback to Talk N Text, Northport also lost to NLEX (107-123)last Aug.19; Phoenix Petroleum  (91-132)  last Aug. 26’ Magnolia Pambansang Manok (87-104) last Sept. 1;  Barangay Ginebra  (98-104 ) last Sept. 5; and Blackwater (111-113) last Sept. 19.

Terrence Romeo, who was traded by NorthPort to Talk  N Text  in  exchange for Mo Tautuaa,  led the Texters with 25 points, eight  assists and  three steals in 30 minutes on the floor.

Romeo  highlighted  his offensive  game with  6-of-9  shooting from the three-point  range.

Blakely added 23 points  on 8-of-12  shooting  and 11 rebounds, and four assists.

Import  Rashad Woods finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Stanley Pringle added 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Batang Pier.

Tautuaa and Jonathan Grey also had big games with 18 points apiece.

Sean Anthony had 15 markers.

Actually, Talk  N  Text  made 35-of-90 attempts for  only 38 percent  compared   to   Northport’s   34-of-76  shooting  for  44 percent.

The Texters also  converted on   15-of-47 shooting  from  the rianbow territory -- six  of  them by Romeo.

The Batan gPier, on the other had,  were  slightly  better with  12-of-29  for 44 percent.

The texters had more steals, 13-0, and more  blocks,  7-4, while  committing  less turnovers,  16-23, than the Batang Pier.

Both  teams have  identical 54 rebounds.

The season-ending tournament resumes  with another regular doubleheader on Wednesday with  Magnolia  taking   on Columbina at 4:30 p.m. and  Alaska battling  Rain or Shine at 7 p.m.

The scores:

First game

Talk N Text ( 104) --Romeo 25, Blakely 23, Rosario 12, Cruz 11, Pogoy 10, Trollano 7, Garcia 6, Reyes 3, Carey 2.

NorthPort  (102) -- Woods 19, Pringle 18, Tautuaa 18, Grey 18, Anthony 15, Javelona 9, Taha 4, Guinto 1, Elorde 0, Arana 0, Espinas 0, Fortuna.

Quarterscores: 21-32, 43-66, 71-87, 104-102.