Texters crush Express' endgame rally

Posted at 02/15/2013 11:38 PM | Updated as of 02/16/2013 4:22 PM
Talk 'N Text's Ranidel de Ocampo puts a shot over Air21's Nonoy baclao. The Texters defeated the Express, 86-83.  -- Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

Gin Kings bow to Batang Pier

MANILA, Philippines – Talk ‘N Text survived Air21's massive endgame rally to win, 86-83, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday.

The Tropang Texters were forced to make crucial stops in the final minutes after squandering a 23-point lead to the KG Canaleta-led Express.

Import Keith Benson played a big role in notching Talk 'N Text's first win in the conference by scoring 30 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Nine of his 30 points came in 38.1 seconds left in the game, quashing Air21's furious rally that could have spelled Talk ‘N Text’s second- straight defeat.

Jared Dillinger added 14 for the Texters, who were in control during the first 3 quarters.

Canaleta paced Air21 with 23 points, with 20 of them coming in the 4th quarter when the Express nearly seized the game.

“It got a little bit scary there in the end. But it’s good we had a good enough cushion and we made some defensive stops in the end,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black in the PBA website.

In the second game, GlobalPort brought down Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to its knees, delivering the Gin Kings’ second-straight defeat via an 89-80 finish.

The victory brought the Batang Pier half a game behind league leaders Alaska and Barako Bull.

GlobalPort soared to a 29-15 lead in the first 12 minutes.

The Kings came close, 45-47, in the third period, but Gary David sparked a rally that brought the Batanga Pier to a 77-60 lead.

Justin Williams’ double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds led GlobalPort to victory. David added 22 points.

Ginebra got 22 points and 19 rebounds from outgoing import Herbert Hill.