Talk 'N Text makes history with 3rd All-Filipino crown
MANILA (UPDATE) - Talk ‘N Text annexed its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title by finishing off Rain or Shine in Game 4, 105-82, at a jampacked Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
|The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters receive the PBA Philippine Cup trophy Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Texters routed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 105-82, in Game 4 of the Finals to complete the sweep and annex their third straight All Filipino crown. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
Rain or Shine came within 2 points in the third quarter, 63-65, but Talk ‘N Text rained triples on the struggling Elasto Painters to complete a four-game sweep.
The 4-0 sweep also made Talk ‘N Text the first PBA team to win three straight All-Filipino titles.
“I’m really happy for my players, they worked so hard… I made them execute a lot and in the end, it turned out to be good for us,” said Talk N’ Text coach Norman Black, who collected his 11th PBA title.
Rain or Shine simply had no answer against Talk ‘N Text’s balanced lineup, which handled the Elasto Painters well in offense and defense.
As testament to the Texters' consistency, three of their players earned awards for their consistent performances.
Jayson Castro was named as the Best Player of the Conference, while Ranidel de Ocampo was chosen as Finals MVP.
Ali Peek, who came back after being shot at in November 2011, was named as Best Player of the Game.
“That's the good thing about this team, you never know who's going to be the best player 'cause they're all unselfish and they're willing to give everybody the chance to be in the spotlight. But the key is they're all good players, they're talented players,” said Black.
Peek said the title win is special for the team, which lost its Governors Cup and Commissioner's Cup titles in the previous season.
"It means a lot, we aren't successful the last conference and the conference before that and we all kinda wanted to see if we could come back to the top," he said.
"With a new coach, it's special because we're part of history now. This team is probably the best team I've played for and you don't get that too often."
The Texters got a head start against the Elasto Painters when they erected a 29-15 lead in the first quarter.
Beau Belga, Jervy Cruz and Gabe Norwood combined to shorten the gap 53-46 at the end of the second quarter.
Rain or Shine was close to tying the game when Chris Tiu drained a two-pointer to make it 65-63 in the third.
But Talk ‘N Text broke the game wide open in the fourth quarter when De Ocampo, Jared Dillinger and Jimmy Alapag repeatedly connected from beyond the arc to bury Rain or Shine for good.
De Ocampo paced the Texters with 19 points, and Kelly Williams added 15.
Peek, the game’s best player, had 15 on 7 of 8 field goals.
Larry Rodriguez was Rain or Shine’s top-scorer with 16, while Jervy Cruz had 13 points.
Talk ‘N Text 105 - De Ocampo 19, Williams 15, Peek 15, Dillinger 14, Fonacier 13, Alapag 10, Castro 6, Reyes 5, Carey 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 2, Raymundo 0, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.
Rain or Shine 82 - Rodriguez 16, Cruz 13, Arana 11, Chan 9, Lee 7, Belga 7, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Tiu 4, Norwood 4, Matias 0, Ibanes 0.
Quarter scores: 29-15, 53-46, 70-63, 105-82