Import scores 48 points, tows TNT past Barako Bull
MANILA, Philippines – Talk N' Text leaned on Tony Mitchell's monster efforts to survive a tough Barako Bull side, 118-113, in overtime during their PBA Governors Cup encounter on Friday.
The 24-year-old Mitchell scored 48 points to help the undermanned Tropang Texters, who rested several key players who participated in the recent FIBA Asia Championship.
Mitchell’s output was the highest since Meralco import Eric Dawson tallied 50 in the recent Commissioner’s Cup.
Coach Norman Black said his players exceeded his expectations as they played minus Gilas members Jimmy Alapag, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier. Even Harvey Carey wasn’t able to play due to injury.
“This is totally unexpected because we’re missing a lot of key players and Barako Bull is a tough team,” said Black in PBA’s official website.
Sean Anthony and Ryan Reyes took the cudgels for the TNT locals by scoring 23 and 19, respectively.
“I give credit to my remaining players,” he added. “We have a good import in Tony Mitchell but we have to support him until the four (Gilas players) come back. They’ll be missing at least three to four games.”
Barako Bull import Mike Singletary also had a huge scoring boost, finishing with 41 points.
But he slowed down in the fourth quarter, where he only scored 9 points. In overtime, he scored none al all after limping with leg cramps.