Written By: Kristina Caramel Sy
The Talk n Text Tropang Texters beat the Powerade Tigers, 95-86, yesterday in the 2nd game of the PBA Season 37 Wednesday edition at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Talk n Text (TNT), played without their Mighty Mouse Jimmy Alapag and their Man Mountain Ali Peek, who was shot on the neck and is still in the hospital recuperating. But despite their lost, TNT still managed to win in this game.
In the beginning, Powerade ended their opening quarter with a 9 point deficit on the score board, 22-13, as TNT made a 14-2 run from 5:37 mark of the game clock until the end of the first quarter quarter.
Marcio Lassiter produced 13 points in the 2nd quarter alone which made the Tigers get the lead from TNT, 43-40.
The Tigers tried to maintain and stretched their lead during the 3rd quarter through Doug Kramer's continuous firing of 2-point baskets. He is an instant double-double scorer for Powerade. He's a scoring machine.
Doug, Marcio and Gary were the reasons why Powerade was able to establish their biggest lead in the ball game-10-point lead, 54-64 in the early minutes of the 3rd. But at the end of the 3rd quarter TNT made a run led by The Blurr Jason Castro, thus the score became 71-66 in favor of TNT. Yeah, they had the lead at the end of the 3rd but they suffered a terrible lost as Ryan Reyes suffered an injury after Kramer accidentally fell on his knee. Let's hope that its just a minor injury because TNT is short handed right now.
Since then, TNT never looked back to Powerade in the 4th quarter as Japeth Aguilar along with Jared Dillinger, fired crucial buckets with fouls that increased their lead 5 point lead to 9 points, 95-86, until the last 20 seconds of the final quarter. That secured their win against Powerade.
Here are the scores from PBA.ph:
TLAK N' TEXT 95 - Aguilar 21, Dillinger 18, Castro 12, Williams 12, Carey 10, Reyes 9, Fonacier 9, De Ocampo 4, Raymundo 0, Oreta 0, Membrere 0, Lao 0.
POWERADE 86 - Lassiter 24, David 21, Kramer 10, Casio 8, Lingganay 7, Antonio 6, Vanlandingham 5, Anthony 5, Crisano 0.
Quarters: 22-13, 40-43, 71-66, 95-86