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Friday, February 21, 2014


TALK ‘N Text Tropang Texters played with all guns blazing as they showed why they hold six Philippine Basketball Association championship titles. They whipped the scrappy Tagoloan/Natumolan Tigers with a forceful 105-70 victory at the start of the 77th Cebu City Charter Day Cup at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

When the action shifts to Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex today, the Tigers will try to regain their composure as they play GlobalPort Batang Pier at 6 p.m. while Talk ‘N Text will shoot for its second win against the Alaska Aces in the main game at 8p.m.

As of press time, Alaska was playing GlobalPort in the main game.

Richard Howell, TnT’s import for the Commissioner’s Cup, started the onslaught, scoring the first six points of the game as he led a devastating exchange that gave the Tropang Texters a 30-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers failed to crawl out of the deep pit, while trying to match the shooting and speed of TnT, which was not effective as well.

Clearly, coach Van Halen Parmis’ Tigers were outclassed when coach Norman Black dropped the full might of the Talk ‘n Text in the middle quarters, spiked by a 12-0 blitz midway in the third period that gave Tropang Texters a 33-point lead, 75-42.

The best Tagoloan could manage was to cut it down to 29; the last was on Patrick Cabahug’s triple at the 4:16 mark, 66-95, before the Texters finished the game with a 10-4 blast.

However, TnT might be sitting down start point guard Jayson Castro for the rest of the tournament as he injured his knees at the 7:41 mark of the second period while trying to stop a Tagoloan fastbreak.

Howell topped all scorers with 19 points, while KG Cañaleta added 15—all coming from the three-point land. Ranidel de Ocampo finished with 12 and Danny Seigle made 11 for Talk ‘N Text.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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