MANILA, Philippines – Talk ‘N Text came out running and gunning to force a do-or-die match against the Barako Bull with a 108-90 game four victory.
Barako Bull never led in this game coming closest only at 14-11 in the first quarter.
Ranidel De Ocampo paced the Texters with 23 points shooting perfect (7/7) from the freethrow line to go with 7 boards. The sweet-shooting forward bounced back from a poor showing last game which saw him score only 2 points.
‘Machine Gun’ Kelly Williams was on target for the defending champions hitting three out of six (50%) from rainbow country including one that pushed the Texters to a 29-point lead, 80-51, with over four minutes left to play in the third quarter. The lead was their largest in the game.
‘Dynamite’ Danny Seigle, who was honored as the best PBA Player for the Week of April 9-15, continued his strong play tallying 20 points for the Barako Bull Energy but it was not enough as the Texter’s offense was far too strong for Barako to handle.
Talk ‘N Text also limited Barako import Gabe Freeman who, despite grabbing 13 rebounds, scored only 6 points which is the least he scored in all of the 59 games he played so far in the PBA dating back to 2009.
Texters Coach Chot Reyes was quick to say that they cannot relax. “All we did was tie the series. We can’t celebrate, not for one minute, and we can’t be satisfied. We’re only halfway there,” he said.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday at the Big Dome for the right to advance to the Finals of the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. – Rappler.com