Written By: Ms. Kristina Caramel Sy; Edited By: Mr. Val Marvin Macanas
The Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters are still on the top spot of the standings as they thrashed the winless Shopinas.com Clickers, 96-83, for the 1st game of the PBA 37th Season yesterday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Clickers, during the opening quarter, gave the Texters a tough time, but the Texters already found their rhythm during the 2nd quarter as Japeth Aguilar and Jayson Castro made 13 straight points combined which expanded their lead to a big 19 points, 51-32, at the end of the first half. And since then they never looked back to the Clickers.
The Clickers tried to bounce back during the last quarter but the former San Sebastian Stag, Pong Escobal fired hot 3 point shots to fend off the Clickers. TNT's lead became bigger and bigger that's why the Clickers weren't able to catch up.
The Texters proved that they can still manage to be on the top of the team standings without their three best players-Alapag,Reyes and Peek.
Here are the scores from PBA.ph:
TALK N' TEXT 96 - Castro 17, Aguilar 16, De Ocampo 10, Carey 10, Dillinger 8, Williams 8, Gamalinda 6, Oreta 5, Raymundo 4, Weinstein 4, Fonacier 4, Membrere 2, Lao 2.
SHOPINAS . COM 83 - Duncil 16, Espiritu 13, Escobal 13, Jazul 7, Sena 6, Menor 6, Hubalde 5, Sison 4, Aquino 4, Ritualo 4, Daa 3, Mirza 2, Canlas 0.
Quarters: 19-17, 51-32, 76-52, 96-83