MANILA, Philippines – Ranidel de Ocampo did enough in the clutch to help the Talk ’N Text Tropang Texters pull off a tight 104-103 triumph over the previously undefeated Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday, May 18 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
De Ocampo, who finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds, hit the go-ahead basket against JVee Casio in the last 4 minutes, 93-92. He then gave Talk ’N Text a 99-95 cushion with 1:22 remaining with a baseline jumper after connecting on a previous bucket from inside.
Casio rivaled De Ocampo’s saves with his own late-game heroics, including 3 free throws that brought the Aces to within 99-98, and a booming triple with 8 seconds left that was enough only to notch the final tally.
Import Steffphon Pettigrew led all Texters with his 27 points and 16 rebounds while rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser was perfect from everywhere on the floor (6-of-6 from the field, 1-of-1 from long range, and 4-of-4 from the stripe) to register 17 points. Rosser along with De Ocampo provided valuable contribution off the bench.
Larry Fonacier chipped in 12 points as Talk ’N Text climbed to 2-1.
Alaska reinforcement Romeo Travis posted 26 points and 10 rebounds, and put his team on top, 92-91 with a three-point play before De Ocampo reclaimed the lead for Talk ’N Text.
Casio went 6-of-10 from the field and finished with 21 points as Cyrus Baguio and Chris Banchero had 13 and 11 markers, respectively.
The Aces suffered their first loss in 4 games.
Talk 'N Text (104): Pettigrew 27, Rosser 17, De Ocampo 13, Fonacier 12, Daghles 9, Williams 7, Washington 6, Carey 5, Miller 3, Seigle 3, Labagala 2.
Alaska (103): TRavis 26, Casio 21, Baguio 13, Banchero 11, Dela Rosa 9, Manuel 6, Eximiniano 6, Abueva 5, Hontiveros 2, Menk 2, Jazul 2, Thoss 0, Dela Cruz 0.
Quarter scores: 24-31; 53-49; 77-78; 104-103.