2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Finals Roundup: Game 3
- May 19, 2013
ring tatalo sa Alaska. Thats probably the new go-to line of every PBA fanboy
right now. After all, it sums up just how awesome the Alaska Aces have been
in their quest to be this seasons Commish Cup Champions.
In retrospect, it seems this really was meant for them. They lost just three
games in the eliminations to finish as the #1 seed. They exorcised their
demons by beating San Mig Coffee in the semifinals, and now they completed
their quest by sweeping an embattled Ginebra squad. It's a storybook tale
fit for a franchise that seemed to lose its luster after going through more
downs than ups in the past few seasons.
With its last title way back in 2010 and legendary coach Tim Cone jumping
ship, it sure looked like Alaska was on its way to irrelevance, but with new
blood and renewed fervor, the franchise's glory days (last seen in the 90s)
may yet see the light of day anew.
As for Ginebra, it had its own fairy tale to spin, but all that happened
here was the Kings fighting like mad dogs only to see everything spin out of
control in the fourth quarter. Down by just 2 in the payoff period after
Chris Ellis's last basket, the Kings went cold and witnessed a mind-blowing
(and title-clinching) 24-2 flurry by the Aces that left more than 23,000
paying patrons at the Big Dome wide-eyed. Now the Kings are sent back to the
drawing board, tired and broken.
Coach Luigi Trillo hit it on the head when he said, We have built a good
foundation for this team and our new additions were the pieces we needed.
These are good guys, character guys.
Indeed there was no shortage of character guys and heroes for Alaska, and
perhaps there was nobody bigger than rookie sensation Calvin Abueva. Abueva
was snubbed in the Best Player of the Conference vote, but he let his game
speak in Game 3. The former San Sebastian Stag finished with 22 points and
10 rebounds in a performance worthy of greatness (and ire, if you're a
Ginebra fan). Best Player? Nah. How about Beast Payer.
And how about the first ever recipient of the Bobby Parks Best Import of the
Conference -- Rob Dozier? The former Memphis Tiger was dominant with 27
points, 20 points, 7 assists, and 6 blocks. Needless to say, he completely
outplayed Ginebra's Vernon Macklin.
Also stepping up big were "The Boss" Sonny Thoss and former Gilas playmaker
JV Casio. They were both the main sparks behind Alaska's series-ending run,
scoring 18 and 13 markers respectively by game's end. Thoss, for his
outstanding Finals performance, won the Finals MVP plum, while not a few
people are probably relishing at the though of Casio maybe getting a late
call-up to the Gilas squad.
And now we can all hum to that undying Alaska Milk jingle again
Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska.
Game Recaps: ALASKA over GINEBRA, 104-80
The Alaska Aces defeated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 104-80, in Game Three
to sweep the Commissioners Cup finals Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska used a furious fourth quarter run to end the game to win the 14th
championship in franchise history.
Wala pa ring tatalo sa Aces, wala pa ring tatalo sa Gatas Republik, wala pa
ring tatalo sa Alaska! exclaimed Alaska chief executive officer Wilfred
Uytengsu after the match
Best Import winner Robert Dozier dominated with 27 points, 20 rebounds,
seven assists, and six blocks to lead the way for the Aces. Calvin Abueva
added 22 points and 10 rebounds while Sonny Thoss posted 13 points and 14
rebounds for Alaska, who dominated the boards, 64-50.
With Ginebras backs against the wall, the Gin Kings put up a tough fight
through three quarters. The game was still close early in the fourth
quarter, with Alaska leading by just two points, 80-78.
Then all hell broke loose.
Alaska unleashed a 24-2 run to end the game, capped by a three-pointer from
third-string point guard Raphy Reyes, to close out the series.
Thoss won finals Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 14.5 points in
the series while anchoring the Alaska defense.
LA Tenorio carried the fight for Ginebra with 18 points. But import Vernon
Macklin once again struggled, posting a quiet 12 points on just eight shots.
2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals: Talk N Texts Three-Peat - Jan 16, 2013
In the end, the Tropang Texters were just too good and too poised to be brought down by the upstart Elasto-Painters.
In the end, Ranidel De Ocampo and Kelly Williams showed why they are still two of the top frontliners in the league.
In the end, Ali Peek rediscovered the fine form that once made him one of the most feared post operators in the PBA.
In the end, coach Norman Blacks magic continues to astound the competition.
In the end, Manny V. Pangilinans Midas touch remains unmatched.
In the end, Talk N Text stood alone atop the 2012-2013 PBA Philippine Cup heap as champions for the third year running.
Jayson Castro may have received the Best Player of the Conference award, but it was De Ocampo and Williams who both spearheaded TNTs unexpected rout of gritty Rain or Shine in Game Four.
Williams pumped in a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds, while De Ocampo registered a near-triple-double line of 19 points, 10 boards, and 7 assists. The former St. Francis of Assisi Dove hit 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in a performance that further solidified his moniker, Ranidirk. Other Texters who broke into double-digits were Peek, Jared Dillinger, Larry Fonacier, and Jimmy Alapag.
Rain or Shine, meanwhile, continued to suffer anemic shooting. They hit under 38% of their field goals, including just 2-of-17 from three. Larry Rodriguez and Jervy Cruz led the Painters with 16 and 13 markers respectively, while the usually hot-shooting duo of Paul Lee and Jeff Chan continued to languish with a combined 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Game Recaps: TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 105-82
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters would not be denied.
Neither would they be delayed.
Talk N Text saved the best for last, fashioning a masterful 105-82 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum to win the 2013 Philippine Cup with a 4-0 sweep.
The Tropang Texters became the first team in PBA history to win the most coveted crown three straight seasons. It was their first under new coach Norman Black, who won his 11th PBA title in his return to the pro league after almost a decade coaching in college.
Im really happy for my players, they worked so hard this year, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.
Talk N Text jumped out to another great start looking for the knockout punch, but a corner three-pointer by Paul Lee to end the first half put the Elasto Painters within striking distance, 53-46.
Rain or Shine made its move in the third quarter, cutting down the deficit to just two points, 65-63, on a Chris Tiu layup. But Talk N Text rattled off five straight points capped by a Jared Dillinger three-pointer to put more distance heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tropang Texters broke the game wide open, taking the fight out of Rain or Shine completely by hitting a series of back-breaking shots. Back-to-back three-pointers by spiritual leader Jimmy Alapag gave Talk N Text a 98-72 lead with less than three minutes left, sealing the deal for the Tropang Texters.
Black, who became the first coach in PBA history to win titles in four different decades, dedicated the victory to Talk N Text big bosses.
Maraming salamat MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan), hes the best boss in the world, said Black, who also thanked other team executives after the game.
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