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Texters open Commissioner's Cup title defense bid with OT win over Bolts

February 17, 2012 7:26pm

Talk 'N Text's championship experience came to fore as the reigning Commissioner's Cup titlists opened their PBA Commissioner's Cup title defense bid with a 102-96 overtime win against Meralco Friday night at the Astrodome in Pasay City.

The ever-reliable Jason Castro buried the go-ahead three-pointer and import Omar Samhan scored six points in overtime, including the insurance basket, to help the Tropang Texters jumpstart their title retention bid.

Samhan, a slow and awkward 6-foot-11 big man who has a soft touch from the outside, missed the first nine of his field goal attempts but came back strong in the second half to finish with 24 points and 20 rebounds in the Texters’ debut in the import-laden meet.

"I had a very bad first half, but my teammates carried the load for me," said Samhan, who also blocked four shots, on his first ever game in the Philippines.

Even Talk 'N Text coach Chot Reyes couldn't contain his displeasure at the way his import played.

"Masakit sa mata," he said. "I had to keep my temper under control and be patient. He's not athletic, he's not flashy, and he's not pleasing to the eye. But he's effective."

Jimmy Alapag added 14 points and nine assists, Castro had 13 markers and Kelly Williams tallied 12 as Talk 'N Text played its first competitive game since retaining the Philippine Cup title three weeks ago.

Regulation play ended at 92-all as Ranidel de Ocampo failed to win it for the Tropang Texters outright when he missed a driving lay-up.

The Bolts (1-1) still led, 96-94, when Castro hit that booming three-pointer with 2:20 to play that put the defending champions on top for good.

After a Meralco miss, Samhan scored on a reverse lay-up in Talk 'N Text's next possession, giving the team a three-point lead.

The Bolts never recovered from then on and were held to just four points in the extra period, none scored in the final two minutes.

Jarrid Famous led Meralco with 28 points, including five straight in the final two minutes of regulation that even put the Bolts on top 90-89.

But he disappeared in overtime with no score to boot.

Mark Cardona added 25 and Chris Ross tossed in 19 points and a conference-high 13 assists and five steals. Ross' driving lay up tied the count at 92-92 in the final five seconds.

In the second game, Dwayne Jones and Gary David combined for 66 points to steer Powerade to a come-from-behind 122-120 win over Rain or Shine.
The Tigers, who rallied from a 17-point lead, also got 14 points and 13 assists from rookie Jvee Casio while veteran Ricky Calimag tallied 11 markers. — JVP, GMA News

First Game
Talk 'N Text 102—
Samhan 24, Alapag 14, Castro 13, Williams 12, Dillinger 10, Fonacier 10, De Ocampo 9, Peek 6, Aguilar 4, Carey 0.

Meralco 96—Famous 28, Cardona 25, Ross 19, Hugnatan 10, Borboran 6, Espinas 5, Aljamal 2, Taulava 1, Timberlake 0, Macapagal 0, Artadi 0.

Quarter scores: 19-22, 45-42, 68-68, 92-92 (Regulation), 102-96 (OT).

Second Game
Powerade 122Jones 34, David 32, Casio 14, Lassiter 13, Calimag 11, Anthony 9, Vanlandingham 6, Allera 3, Martinez 0, Lingganay 0, Kramer 0, Cruz 0, Adducul 0.
Rain or Shine 120—Crews 23, Norwood 16, Chan 13, Arana 13, Quinahan 12, Cruz 10, Belga 9, Lee 8, Buenafe 7, Ibanes 7, Matias 2.
Quarter scores: 24-33, 50-59, 83-94, 122-120.

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