Talk ‘N Text straight up put Barako Bull on the list of extinct animals after a 127-97 destruction in their lone quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the Texters were as hot as the sun and rained a merciless assault on the hapless Energy going 45-23 at the end of the first.
Leading Talk ‘N Text was their fired up import Ivan Johnson who made basketball easy, scoring 30 points just in the first half....
The No.2 Tropang Texters edged the No.7 Barako Bull, 101-96, in their last head-to-head on March 16.
Behind the monster performance of Ivan Johnson, the Tropang Texters seek to make the most of their one-game edge and get to the semifinals of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a win over the Energy....
Two jarring upsets saved the day for Barako Bull and Alaska in the homestretch of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. With only the quotient system to break ties, the Energy and Aces avoided complications by getting the job done in stirring fashion.
First, Barako pulled the rug from under NLEX, 91-85, last Tuesday as Nigerian import Solo Alabi delivered as promised. Before the game, Alabi guaranteed a victory and said he’d go all out to derail Florida State co-alumnus Al Thornton and the Road Warriors. NLEX was on a five-game win streak while Barako had lost four in a row. There was no reason to speculate a trend reversal. But Energy coach Koy Banal was determined to close out the eliminations with a bang. So was Alabi. Besides, Barako’s fate hung in the balance.
Second, Alaska trounced Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 104-98, last Wednesday. The Aces had won two of their last three, including a double overtime win over Meralco, but before that, the Aces dropped three straight so the inconsistency was a cause for coach Alex Compton’s concern. Ginebra was coming off a 96-81 romp over Globalport and had to be favored against Alaska because the battlecry along PBA row is when the going gets tough, the Barangay gets going. Alas, the Aces did the improbable and stuck it to Ginebra with Cyrus Baguio, Calvin Abueva and R. J. Jazul scoring in double figures to back up import Damion James....
The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoff matchups are now all set, with top two teams Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text enjoying twice-to-beat advantage over their respective foes No.8 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and No.7 Barako Bull in the quarterfinals.
No.3 Purefoods and No.6 Alaska will be tangling in a best-of-three affair as well as sister teams No.4 NLEX and No.5 Meralco.
The PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs will begin on Friday....
Veteran guard Chico Lanete flourished down the stretch and finished with 13 points and two steals for the Energy, who stopped the Road Warriors’ five-game winning run.
Lanete sank two straight triples in just a span of 26 seconds with his second 3-pointer giving Barako Bull an 89-85 lead with 1:28 left....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|