TNT survives Barako in OT-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
MANILA—Import Tony Mitchell and transferee Sean Anthony struck hard in the overtime period to power Talk ‘N Text to a 118-113 victory over Barako Bull Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Despite the absence of Jason Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag, who were resting following their runner-up finish in the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship, the Tropang Texters came up with enough firepower to serve notice of their title bid.
They were behind by 13 points in the first half, 55-42, on import Michael Singletary’s sniping and the Energy Boosters seemed heading for a rousing start in the season-ending conference.
But Mitchell and Anthony combined for 16 points in the Tropang Texters’ fiery 21-8 run that saw them grab the lead, 75-70, with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter. Their hustle doused cold water on Barako Bull’s offense. Barako import Mike Singletary was saddled by cramps.
“It’s unexpected. We were missing a lot of key players. But it turned into a shootout. I gave credit to my remaining players, we have a good import in Tony Mitchell but we have to support him until the four (Castro, De Ocampo, Fonacier and Alapag) come back. They’ll be missing at least three to four games,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2013.