By: Kristina Caramel Sy
Ginebra survived and secured their winning streak as they beat the top ranked team, the Talk n Text Tropang Texters via 96-82, yesterday for the final match of the PBA 37th Season's elimination round.
Mike Cortez, who played like he was still playing for the DLSU Green Archers, accumulated 17 points and 4 assists that crowned him his 3rd best player of the game title in this Conference.
During the 1st half, the Kings were able to get the score close with the Texters. The Texters were fully loaded as they perform a 21-8 run in the 2nd quarter that enabled them to have a 4 point lead, 45-41, at the end of the 1st half.
But, the Kings put a stop to the momentum of TNT in the 2nd Half as they had their own run. It enabled them to get the lead as Cortez and Villanueva banked their charities. Cortez had a nice game and his stellar performance enabled them to increase BGK's lead to a two-digit mark which made the Texters struggle to surmount.
Unfortunately, on the last 2 minute mark of the 4th Quarter, the Texters lost their signal and were already out of coverage area, suffering a 14 point deficit against BGK. Eventually they lost the game.
This loss of TNT placed them to 2nd place.
Although Talk n Text lost in this game, they still have a twice-to-beat advantage and will face the Barako Bull, who have a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the Quarterfinals. While Ginebra will face the ROS Elasto Painters s for a best-of-three match in the quarterfinals.
Here are the scores from PBA.PH:
GINEBRA 96 - Caguioa 18, Cortez 17, Intal 15, Villanueva 15, Wilson W. 14, Mamaril 8, Labagala 4, Canaleta 3, Tubid 2, Maliksi 0, Cervantes 0, Wilson J. 0.
TALK N' TEXT 82 - Castro 14, Dillinger 12, Williams 12, Carey 12, Fonacier 10, Aguilar 7, Reyes 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 4, Alvarez 2, Weinstein 0, De Ocampo 0.
Quarters: 23-20, 41-45, 64-65, 96-82