2011-2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 5:
Inevitable - Jan 30, 2012
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 110-101
'It took 27 years for a team to defend this championship. Mas matagal
iyon kaysa huling grand slam (1996 by Alaska Milk). That made it so
Vincent Reyes , coach of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters the 2012
PBA Philippine Cup repeat champions.
Like their victims the TNT Tropang Texters can also be considered, in
many ways, a Cinderella squad. Consider these:
-They lost a heartbreaking series to the Petron Blaze Boosters in the
last conference of the previous season.
-Though their roster is the most stacked in the league, they hardly
enjoyed their depth as many of their players suffered a plethora of
injuries throughout the Philippine Cup.
-We all know what happened to
Ali Peek (194-F-75, college:
St.Mary's, CA), right?
-They were down 1-3 to their former tormentors, Petron, in the
Despite all those bumps in the road, however, coach Chot Reyess crew
stuck in there and seemingly willed their way to win 7 of their last 8
matches, ending with something that hasnt happened in nearly 3 decades
an All-Filipino title successfully defended.
Talk N Texts stars came together at just the right time.
Ali Peek's return brought awe and inspiration to the PBA faithful.
They rallied to beat the Boosters, and get a measure of vengeance in the
process. They showed their superiority against a hot-shooting Powerade
It was a great ride for the Texters, and, through it all, the lone star
who shone the brightest and played in ALL of TNT's games was decorated
as the Finals MVP
Larry Fonacier (186-F/G-82).
The Baby-Faced Assassin, as he is fondly tagged, averaged a shade above
16 points per game in the Finals, showing the versatility and shooting
that made him a feared competitor in years past. Now, it seems theres no
slowing him, and the Texters, down.
Right now the Tropang Texters are the best in the Philippines, and if
one is to simply look back at their story, it would be easy to conclude
that all this glory in which they are basking was, after all,
After the JUMP the compressed game recap from PBA.ph:
From the brink of disaster all the way to the pinnacle of glory.
Talk N Text completed this incredible ride as the Tropang Texters
brushed off the Powerade Tigers to successfully defend the PBA
Philippine Cup championship to the delight of their cheering fans at the
Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. The Texters sprang back strong from their
Game Four defeat, overwhelming the Tigers with a massive effort to
reward themselves with a third title in the last four conferences
It was so sweet as it made them only the first team in 27 years to rule
the most prestigious tourney in back-to-back fashion.
Reyes had his personal achievement, catching up with Jong Uichico at
fourth in the all-time ladder among champion coaches. Reyes and Uichico
have got eight to Baby Dalupans 15, Tim Cones 13 and Norman Blacks 10.
The eloquent TNT bench tactician, now with five all-Filipino
championships under his belt, said the tragedy suffered and survived by
Ali Peek and the epic comeback they pulled off against Petron Blaze
in the Final Four made their latest conquest more meaningful. The
Texters completed a special journey while cutting short the Tigers
Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college:
Cerritos JC) sizzled with a league all-time high 10 steals plus 20
points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag,
Ali Peek, Kelly Williams and
Larry Fonacier had their own shining moments as they negated
Gary David (187-G/F-78)'s 37-point explosion.
What cant be taken away from Powerade was the gallant stand the Tigers
put up despite all their handicaps. The Cinderella team, making it all
the way to the Finals after barely entering the playoffs, refused to
give up even if they fell behind by 24 points in the third quarter.
But the Texters, calm, composed and simply the better team, hung in
Fonacier scored only 9 points, but he put in all these in a decisive run
helping the Texters pull away in the second quarter.
The former Ateneo Eagle averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0
assists in the series and was named the Bayad Center Finals MVP.
Great BOWLES of Fire: B-Meg bags the 2012 PBA
Commissioners Cup Crown! - May 6, 2012
first thought in my head when B-Megs win as beyond doubt: I wonder how
the Alaska Aces are feeling right now?
@cybagz3: Congrats Bmeg! Good Job coach @manilacone
@Sonny_Thoss: WHAT A GAME!!
@macbaracael10: 'Target namin makuha si Japeth kung hindi si Japeth my
ibang option kame. Pwde rin si Espinas' - J.Trillo
Okay, that last one from Baracael shouldnt count, but we wont shy away
from any piece of gossip now will we?
But, man, Thoss got it right WHATTAGAME!!!
For a while there, it seemed the Texters would be on their way to yet
another title romp.
And then Denzel Bowles happened, like hes happened so many time this
Which, again, makes me wonder, why isnt he in the official who will we
naturalize for the next RP team? conversations?
Well, he should be in them now.
In the clutch, Bowles just, pardon the clich, bowled the Texters over
with his will. He made 3 straight baskets in the waning minutes that
literally served as the punches that kayoed TNT nation.
Oh, man, this kid is gonna be awesome, and I wont be surprised if hes
converted some NBA scouts as well.
Too bad for TNT. Ive always been a Texters fan, but I cant say Im sad
about this loss. For one, B-Meg played awesome, and they showed great
sportsmanship after the final buzzer. Second, I dont like Pamboy
Raymundo. He sucks. I hope he never wins a title
Okay, thats awfully harsh, so I wont mind him winning one. I also wont
mind someone shoving the cup against his face, too.
Oh, but a great game by both teams. Great end to a great conference.
And, man, props to the whole PBA community for reeling people back in. A
lot of people said the PBAs dying, but, boy oh boy, theyre dead wrong.
The PBA, after all, is just getting started!
Game 7 Recap:
B-MEG LLAMADOS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 90-84
Denzel Bowles made sure a first-ever championship won't slip away.
Bowles made two pressure-packed charities to send the game into overtime
and scored the extension's first 10 points for B-Meg in a 90-84 win over
Talk N Text Sunday in their deciding game for the PBA Commissioner's Cup
championship at the packed Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The man who just turned 23 years old Tuesday last week scattered a PBA
career-high 39 points on top of 21 rebounds in the most important game
of his life thus far.
The 4-3 win over the defending champion was the ninth championship in
all for the franchise formerly known as Purefoods and the 14th overall
for Cone, who took over just before the season started.
All because of Bowles, who got plenty of help from his teammates. PJ
Simon added 14 points, Excelroof-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP James Yap 12
and Josh Urbiztondo 11, including a key layup in the dying seconds.
Bowless pressure-packed charities completed B-Meg's fightback from a
60-68 fourth quarter deficit and tied the game up at 76, only 1.2
Ensuring his efforts won't go to waste, Bowles completely took over in
the first four minutes of overtime, his last twinner pegging an 86-81
Jimmy Alapag equaled his season-high with 29 points, but it was simply
not to be for the
season-opening Philippine Cup titlists in a game watched by close to
Keys were the loss of Donnell Harvey and Ali Peek to fouls in the final
3:17 of regulation and 2:37 of OT, respectively, plus a left knee injury
Ryan Reyes suffered just past the midway point of the fourth period and
the cramps that sidelined Alapag.
There was also the fact Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo were hardly
factors after combining for only eight points, just two days after they
combined for 40 in Game 6.
Castro missed his first eight attempts and did not score until the final
1:45 mark of the third quarter and set up Harvey for a short stab that
gave the Texters a 61-56 lead going into the final period.
Helping TNT stretch the difference to a high of 68-60 was Alapag's
seventh triple for the night, again from way out.
Averaging just 8.7 points through the first six games and only mainly
through an 18-point
performance in the series opener, Simon already had 11 points to
complement Bowles' 13 at the half.
BML 90 - Bowles 39, Simon 14, Yap J 12, Urbiztondo 11, Villanueva
5, De Ocampo Y 4, Devance 2, Pingris 2, Barroca 1, Intal 0, Reavis 0. TNT 84 - Alapag 29, Harvey 16, Fonacier 11, Peek 10, Dillinger 8,
Castro 5, de Ocampo R. 3, Reyes 2, Williams 0, Gamalinda 0, Carey 0. QS: 21-18, 34-35, 56-61, 76-76, 90-84
Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from interaksyon.com/interAKTV
2012 PBA All-Star Weekend in Laoag, Ilocos
May 15, 2012
3-Point Shootout, Obstacle Challenge, and the Slam Dunk Contest
Meralco sharpshooter Mark Macapagal, B-MEG court general Jonas
Villanueva, and Ginebras KG Canaleta each won his respective third
straight title in separate events in the All-Star Weekend in Laoag City.
Macapagal beat a crack field of the leagues elite three-point shooters
for the third straight time. The competition was marked by red-hot
shooting in the first round, with Canaleta shooting 19 points and
Macapagal, B-MEGs Josh Urbiztondo, and Petrons Marcio Lassiter scoring
16 each to advance to the final round.
Canaleta and Urbiztondo, who was a late replacement for the ailing James
Yap, went first in the finals, shooting 13 points each. Macapagal proved
his mettle, shooting consistently en route to 15 points. Lassiter had
the final say of the competition, but the rookie jump-shooter ran out of
gas and finished with just seven points.
Also competing in the three-point shootout were Renren Ritualo of Air
21, Willie Miller of Barako Bull, Gary David of Powerade, Jeff Chan of
Rain or Shine, and Cyrus Baguio of Alaska.
Villanueva, meanwhile, nosed out rookie Paul Lee in an exciting final
round in the Obstacle Challenge, winning by just two-tenths of a second
with a finishing time of 31.1 seconds to Lees 31.3.
Finishing third was Alaskas LA Tenorio, who clocked 43 seconds, 13
slower than the time he posted in the preliminary round.
Lee had the best finish in the opening round, finishing at 27.2 seconds.
Villanueva posted 29.1 seconds in round one while Tenorio finished in 30
seconds to complete the final round cast.
Also part of the field were Miller, Air 21s Jojo Duncil, Ginebras Rob
Labagala, Meralcos Chris Ross, and Powerades JVee Casio.
Canaleta won his fifth title in the PBA Slam Dunk contest, but not
before turning back a tough challenge from B-MEG high-flyer JC Intal in
Canaleta clinched his title by jumping over three men, including
6-foot-9 Meralco center Asi Taulava, in his final dunk, which judges
scored a perfect 50. He also scored a 50 in his first final round dunk,
which he made by dunking over a man.
After his dunk, Canaleta said that dunking over Taulava wasnt exactly
Hindi siya dapat kasali, pero hindi siya umalis kaya tinamaan ko tuloy,
said Canaleta. He was supposed to video the dunk, pero nag-stay siya,
pero sabi ko bahala na.
The former UE star needed the perfect score to edge out JC Intal, who
stepped up his game in the finals of the competition. Intal scored 49 in
his first finals dunk, a furious windmill, before nailing a difficult
one-handed 360 for his second dunk for a perfect score.
Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood, the 2009 champion of the
competition, started out early, scoring two perfect dunks in the
preliminary round with a reverse dunk off a bounce and a two-handed jam
off the glass. But he seemed to feel the pressure in the finals, scoring
45 points on a two-handed reverse off a bounce and 48 points on a dunk
from behind the backboard.
Intal, who opted to join the competition despite nursing an ankle
injury, opened his campaign by dunking without shoes, earning him 44
points, before taking an alley-oop from Josh Urbiztondo from the stands,
which got 46 points from the judges.
Canaleta, meanwhile, brought the house down with a one-handed dunk off a
bounce that earned 50 points with his first attempt, before opting for a
safe dunk with his second attempt that earned him 40 points.
Also in the competition were Elmer Espiritu of Air 21, who opened the
competition with an impressive two-handed 360 dunk which he completed
after three attempts (41 points) before settling for a simple one-hander
for his second dunk (35 points); and Petron Blaze superstar Arwind
Santos, a late addition, who earned 46 points for a difficult 360 dunk
from the baseline and 42 points for a reverse Spider-Man slam.
Canaleta said this will be his last Slam Dunk contest.
PBA Legends Game:
PBA GREATS over PBA STALWARTS, 143-139
PBA stars from yesterday and today engaged in a heated shootout, but it
was the Atom Bombs explosion that had the most impact.
Kenneth Duremdes, the 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player, sizzled for 29
points. His teammate, 1996 MVP Johnny Abarrientos, showcased his old
form for a triple-double performance, finishing with 10 points, 10
rebounds and 15 assists. Allan Caidic, the 1990 MVP, combined with Rain
or Shine sharpshooter Jeff Chan for seven triples.
But the star among the stars was Ato Agustin, the playing coach of the
PBA Greats, who led his team to a 143-139 triumph over the PBA Stalwarts
at the Centennial Arena here.
Agustin, the 1992 MVP and current coach of the Petron Blaze Boosters,
finished with 19 points all in the first half, built around five
Two-time MVP Willie Miller scored 29 points and issued six assists,
taking over for the Greats, who trailed by 13 points, 126-113, in the
fourth period. He had eight of his teams last 16 points while the rest
of the team shackled their Stalwarts counterparts, who were held to just
three points in the final 3:40 of the match to seal the win.
KG Canaleta and Danny Seigle provided several highlight reels with their
rim-rattling slams while contributing 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Retired players like Duremdes and Abarrientos, however, were able to put
on a show of their own.
Duremdes, who officially retired only last month after last seeing
action in 2008, was consistent all game long. He displayed his awesome
firepower, hitting jumpers and making nifty drives to the basket.
Abarrientos, an assistant coach of Tim Cone at B-MEG, showed his
brilliant quarterbacking, shaking off his defenders with his trademark
killer crossover several times. In one play, the Flying A breezed by two
defenders before scoring on a nifty reverse layup that gave the
Stalwarts a 99-93 lead with 4:57 left in the third quarter.
PBA All-Star Game:
VETERANS over ROOKIS-SOPHS-JUNIORS, 176-144
James Yap scored 44 points on seven three-pointers and presided over the
Veterans record-setting 176-144 beat down of the Rookies, Sophomores and
Juniors squad at
the Centennial Arena.
Big Game James won Most Valuable Player honors, marking his second such
award in eight days after winning the top plum last Sunday in the
Commissioners Cup Finals.
Yap also tied with Ginebra rookie Dylan Ababou to break Samboy Lims
All-Star Game scoring record, which was previously set at 42 points. Lim
posted the high mark in the 1990 game a 146-118 rout for the Vets
curiously the first time the league used the Veterans versus RSJ format.
(The 1989 All-Star Game involved Veterans versus Rookies and
The 32-point margin also marked the most lopsided in PBA history. The
Veterans also set an all-time record in points scored, breaking the
163-point mark posted by the South team in an overtime win over the
The game was over early, with the much bigger Veterans torching the
hoops to take a 53-30 lead in the first quarter. The Vets lead at the
half ballooned to 95-64, turning the second half into an entertaining
game of extended garbage time.
The game turned exciting late in the game as Yap and Ababou both tried
to chase Lims mark. Ababou got to the record first, but Yap hit his last
three-pointer in the dying seconds to get his name into the books as
There were also plenty of highlight plays. Sol Mercado connected with
former Rain or Shine teammate Gabe Norwood for a thunderous alley-oop
dunk that looked straight out of a video game. Arwind Santos, who scored
31 points, had several monster slams, the biggest off a pass from Petron
Blaze teammate Alex Cabagnot.
Perhaps among the biggest highlights of the match were the respective
dance entrances of the teams. RSJ came out rocking the shades, and
danced to the LMFAO hit Party Rock Anthem. Not to be outdone, the
Veterans came out with hoods over their heads, before revealing their
zombie makeup to dance to Michael Jacksons Thriller.
Rain or Shine humbles B-Meg, 83-76; clinches
first PBA crown - Aug 5, 2012
Rain or Shine - B-Meg Llamados
Rain or Shine head coach
Yeng Guiao guaranteed the win and his team delivered. The Elasto
Painters nipped the B-Meg Llamados, 83-76, in Game 7 Sunday night to
clinch the 2012 PBA Governors Cup title for its first
title in history at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 'Everyday is see them. I
know they have a big heart. I saw it in them (that we will win),' said
Guiao. 'It's either I'd look stupid or a genius and I thought it helped
us also.' Import Jamelle Cornley led the way with 20 points and 14
rebounds but it was a total team effort. 'This is a very special group.
We have a zero experience in the championship and they'll get better,'
added Guiao, who chalked up his sixth title as a coach. 'It was a dream
they had nurtured for six years and it came to fruition and it was
through a lot of effort, planning, the big hearts and the determination
of a young bunch of guys,' said Guiao, who chalked up his sixth title.
Jeff Chan, who bagged the Finals MVP award, added 14 of his 16 points in
the first half. Guiao revealed that part of the game plan was to really
focus on rebounding and attack
Marqus Blakely (196-F-89, college:
Vermont). And it proved to be just right with Blakely fouling out
early with still 8:30 left. 'I don't think it was the turning points but
it was a big factor because when Blakely was still there I think we were
leading. It was just an added bonus,' said Guiao. ROS was up 74-67 when
Blakely picked up his sixth foul. The Llamados though, managed to stay
within reach with
James Yap (191-F/G-82) carrying them through. Yap made a hanging
one-hander look easy before a
Rafi Reavis (203-C-77, college:
Coppin St.) basket down low pulled B-Meg to within three, 73-76,
with still 5:25 left. Cornley took advantage of a slower defender as he
hit a hook before
Ryan Arana (186-G-83) found Beau Belga for the short stab that
extended ROS' lead back to six, 80-74. B-Meg still had time but couldn't
convert as it missed easy shots that would've trimmed the deficit.
Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college:
George Mason) chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds. Chan
averaged 12 points and three rebounds in the Finals. Yap had a game-high
23 points while Blakely finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
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