Overtime thriller

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Saturday, January 4, 2014


MANILA—Defending champion Talk ‘N Text outlasted Alaska Aces in the overtime period to escape with a 121-117 win on Saturday in the resumption of the 39th PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

It was the second straight overtime win for the Tropang Texters, who also escaped with a 114-111 win over Alaska in their first meeting on Nov. 28.

Ryan Reyes scored five points, while Ranidel de Ocampo had a triple and Jason Castro and Jimmy Alapag had two points each as they outscored the Aces, 13-9, in the five-minute extension to secure their seventh win in 10 matches. They also tied Rain or Shine at third place, just a win away from Petron Blaze (8-2) and two behind solo leader Ginebra, which is toting a 9-1 win-loss slate.

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“It’s a tough win. A good win and a much needed win. It gave us momentum for our next game against Air 21. There were lot of heroes tonight. But Kelly Williams is the guy. He gave us big lift. If we get twice-to-beat advantage so be it. We didn’t play with a lot of energy in the beginning of third quarter. We looked tired. Winning against a good team is a good sign,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.

It was a sorry loss for the Aces, who were leading by as much as five points, 104-99, in the last 2:05 of the regular period but de Ocampo and Castro combined for eight points in a blazing 8-2 run to grab the lead, 107-106, only 16.3 seconds to go.

Larry Fonacier split a charity off a foul by Jayvee Casio with only 11 seconds remaining, however, veteran Sonny Thoss scored on a put back in the last 1.3 seconds to extend the match into overtime.

Williams led the Tropang Texters with 18 points and nine rebounds. He was 8 of 9 from the field goal, while Reyes finished with 17.

De Ocampo and Castro finished with 16 points each.

Fonacier also added 14 and Sean Anthony had 13 in a well-balanced scoring game with six players settling in double figures.

Thoss paced Alaska with 30 points, RJ Jazul and Gabby Espinas added 18 apiece, while Cyrus Baguio settled for 17.

Meanwhile, solo leader Barangay Ginebra, already assured of a quarterfinal berth, battles sister team San Mig Coffee, while Rain or Shine tries to get even with Globalport today.

The Gin Kings, who clobbered the Coffee Mixers, 86-68, in their first meeting on Nov. 17, try to make it two -in-a row when they collide again at 5:15 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2014.

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