By: Kristina Caramel Sy
The Talk n Text Tropang Texters is still alive in the semifinal series as they beat the Petron Blaze Boosters, 93-91 in game 5 of their best of 7 semis series.
During the early parts of the 1st half, Petron wielded a two-digit lead over the Texters courtesy of Chris Lutz and Joseph Yeo's explosive shots.
However, the Texters found their coverage area and cut their lead down to 5 via Jayson Castro, the man of the match who listed 23 points, 6 rebs. and 6 assists.
Due to Castro's dominating performance, the 2nd quarter ended with Petron only having a 5 point lead, 44-49.
Castro was still on fire in the third quarter and was assisted by de Ocampo to snatch the lead from Petron.
But Lutz, who made his new career high on this match, together with the veterans, Ildefonso and Santos, were able to regain the lead with 1:41 mins. left on the clock.
Alapag sank a big 3-point shot to answer the shot of Danny Ildefonso, which forced Petron to fire a forced basket.
Unfortunately, Cabagnot failed to repeat his winning shot which secured the Texters' 2nd win in the best of 7 series.
The Texters forced a game 6 on Sunday.
Here are the scores from PBA.PH:
TALK N' TEXT 93 - Castro 22, De Ocampo 15, Peek 11, Dillinger 10, Fonacier 10, Aguilar 9, Gamalinda 6, Alapag 5, Williams 4, Alvarez 1, Carey 0.
PETRON 91 - Lutz 27, Santos 21, Ildefonso 12, Tugade 11, Yeo 8, Miranda 6, Cabagnot 4, Reyes 2, Agustin 0, Sharma 0.
Quarters: 19-27, 44-49, 72-69, 93-91