Richard Howell is in awe of the talent level of his Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters squad, which won its last two elimination round games in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup with him nursing an injured shoulder.
With the hulking import back in the lineup, Talk ‘N Text was downright dominant, making quick work of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in their quarterfinals matchup on Tuesday.
“Definitely, this is one of the best teams I’ve played for. There’s so much pressure coming in when you play as an import because you have to do everything. I’m blessed that I’ve been on the team that can definitely win even without me,” said Howell, who had a monster line of 41 points and 22 rebounds on 67 percent field goal shooting against the Gin Kings....
After finishing the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup at the top of the elimination round, the Barangay Ginebra Kings are the third team to exit in the Commissioner’s Cup after dropping a lopsided 97-84 game to the undefeated Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, the final 13-point difference far from being a gauge of just how dominant the Tropang Texters were.
The Kings thought the energy that replacement import Gabe Freeman brought was enough to slap them out of their slump. It was enough for the first half against Rain or Shine in their last elimination round game, but not nearly enough against the Tropang Texters, who have been playing flawless basketball as of late.
After letting the Kings hang around in the first half, Talk 'N Text unleashed a crippling scoring run in the third quarter to leave the Kings behind for good....
San Miguel Beer’s sophomore center June Mar Fajardo is on track to win a second straight Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award after finishing No. 1 again in the statistical points (SP) department at the end of elimination round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Despite missing two games due to an ankle injury, the 6-foot-10 Cebu pride averaged 12.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks. He’s the No. 1 top local rebounder.
That gave the 24-year-old Fajardo a 31.71 SP average, just .4 point ahead of teammate and reigning MVP Arwind Santos who normed 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks....
The unbeaten Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters will try to stretch their winning streak to 10 games against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the quarterfinals of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The top seed Tropang Texters only needs to win their 8 p.m. encounter against the Gin Kings to advance to the semifinals. The match airs live over TV5.
Talk ‘N Text ran roughshod over the competition in the elimination round, winning all nine of their games. The Tropang Texters will get an extra boost with the return of import Richard Howell, who suffered a shoulder injury two games ago....
PBA Media Bureau head Willie Marcial said his office has been receiving calls and e-mails trying to confirm the veracity of a report that came out recently announcing that “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao will suit up for Columbia Autocar Corporation (Kia), one of the three new teams accepted by the league for the incoming season.
The PBA has no answer for the curious.
“We cannot make a confirmation or issue a denial at this point since none of the two parties involved has informed us of this matter,” said Marcial....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||10||0||1.000|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||4th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||21||4||0.840||Champions|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||8||6||0.571||4th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||13||8||0.619||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||19||8||0.704||Champions|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||15||3||0.833||Champions|