By: Kristina Caramel Sy
Talk n Text clinched the first semis spot after they walloped the 8th seeded Barako Bull Energy, 81-79, for the 1st day match of PBA season 37's quarterfinal round last Wednesday.
Jason Castro, on his fully loaded performance, garnered his new career high 32 points, gave his team an early rest and an enough time to prepare for the Semifinals. They will wait the winner between Petron and Meralco in their best of 3 series which will start today (Friday).
During the first half of this game, Barako Bull slowed the ball game down, resulting to TNT being unable to utilize their offensive fast breaking plays.
The Barakos on the other hand were just firing from the outside, resulting to a two-digit deficit for TNT.
TNT was having a hard time in shooting their free throw charities, suffered a big 16 point deficit. But, Jayson Castro with Kelly Williams blasted 3 point shots from here to there which slashed their deficit and managed to get the lead over the Barakos.
But Willie Miller, with 23.4 mins on the game clock, fired crucial two point baskets to tie the score. But Jayson Castro, performed his signiture Derrick Rose under goal lay-up move, erased the Barako Bull on the Semis team list. That was a tough shot but his ingenuity and resiliency got the ball pass from the long arms of Dylan Ababou. The Barakos should've implanted a help side defense during that one on one play. That mistake caused them the very precious game.
Castro is a monster!
Here are the scores from PBA.PH:
TALK N' TEXT 81 - Castro 32, Alapag 15, Williams 14, Aguilar 10, Carey 8, Fonacier 2, Dillinger 0, Reyes 0, Alvarez 0, Lao 0.
BARAKO 79 - Pennisi 16, Miller 15, Pena 12, Seigle 9, Allado 9, Ababou 6, Arboleda 6, Salvacion 3, Gatumbato 2, Artadi 1, Aquino 0, Najorda 0.
Quarters: 17-25, 30-44, 56-59, 81-79