Texters play like defending champs, even series vs. Barako

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Talk 'N Text demolished Barako Bull in game two of their semifinals match-up to even the series at one game a piece

MANILA, Philippines – Talk ‘N Text loaded up and played like defending champions.

Fueled by their defense and accurate outside sniping, the Tropang Texters convincingly took game two of their semifinals match up against the Barako Bull energy, 123-98.

The Barako Bull Energy fought back in the first half but looked overmatched as they could not keep up with the speed of the Tropang Texters in the 2nd half.

Both teams played physically but the Texters seemed tougher not giving up any easy baskets as evidenced by Jared Dillinger’s ‘playoff’ foul on Jondan Salvador. Dillinger was charged with a flagrant foul on that play and was later thrown out of the game after being called for a technical foul.

Talk ‘N Text hit 3 straight triples in the 4th quarter, one from Jimmy Alapag, two from Larry Fonacier to help put the game away for good. The Texters were accurate from downtown hitting 14 out of their 27 attempts for a 51% clip.

Texters import Donnell Harvey was a monster down-low scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Fellow bigman Kelly Williams, who some thought would not play due to a cheekbone injury sustained in game one, was named player of the game with a stat line of 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Reigning MVP Alapag lauded the effort of teammate Williams calling him both a true warrior and an inspiration.

Don Allado also had an impressive showing in the 3rd quarter scoring 14 of his 20 points but it was not enough to help the Barako’s cause. – Rappler.com

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