Top seed Talk ‘N Text advanced to the Semifinals after it trounced eighth seed Barako Bull, 99-84, in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday, June 17.
The Tropang Texters got a surprise lift from veteran Niño Canaleta who came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points, from 6-of-11 shooting from three-point distance, to lead the Tropang Texters.
Paul Harris was his usual prolific self with 24 markers for the Texters.
Talk N Text coach Norman Black said he appreciated the contribution from the bench as his team tallied the rout.
“It’s a great team effort by my players,” said Black.”We’re very balanced as far as our scoring is concerned. We have a lot of contributions from everybody and we don’t rely on Paul Harris alone. Canaleta had an exceptional shooting night.”
Talk ‘N Text barged to yet another semis stint and battle the victor of the San Mig Coffee and San Miguel Beer game.
The Tropang Texters ended the third period with a 26-9 blast as they went to the payoff fourth period ahead by eight points, 73-65.
Talk N Text then opened the fourth quarter with a 9-4 run to open up a fat 82-69 advantage.
The hiked the advantage to as much as 18 points, 99-81 after Canaleta converted a layup with less than two minutes to go.
Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Allen Durham led Barako Bull with 25 points.
The Energy Colas played well in the early goings and even led by nine points, 56-47, with eight minutes to go in the third. But the Tropang Texters eventually made their run to snatch the victory.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS 99 – Niño Canaleta 25, Paul Harris 24, Jayson Castro 16, Ranidel De Ocampo 14, Kelly Williams 7, Larry Fonacier 4, Jimmy Alapag 3, Ryan Reyes 2, Nonoy Baclao 2, Harvey Carey 2, Aaron Aban 0, Jai Reyes 0, Elmer Espiritu 0.
BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS 84 – Allen Durham 25, Keith Jensen 17, Denok Miranda 12, Mick Pennisi 11, Jeric Fortuna 6, Willy Wilson 5, Willy Miller 4, Dave Marcelo 4, Jason Deutchman 0, JC Intal 0.
Quarter scores: 16-17, 41-43, 73-65, 99-84.