De Ocampo scored the first basket of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and went on to finish with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting in his first game back from back injury that sidelined him for almost four months.
“We really missed him last conference but now he’s back,” TNT head coach Jong Uichico told reporters after a 108-102 win over Blackwater on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old De Ocampo’s return couldn’t have come at a better time with TNT playing minus its suspended import Ivan Johnson and injured big man Troy Rosario....
After figuring in a contract dispute with Mahindra in the off-season, Alex Nuyles is finally back in action in the opening day of the Commissioner's Cup as he suited up for Tropang TNT on Wednesday.
The former Adamson star was still rusty after sitting out the entire Philippine Cup, but head coach Jong Uichico gave him the starting job in the small forward spot.
Nuyles did not score any points and had three turnovers in less than 12 minutes of play, but he is happy to have moved on in his PBA career....
Tropang TNT star guard Jayson Castro saved his best for last, drilling in a clutch three-pointer in the last 53 seconds that helped preserve the team’s win over Blackwater in the opening game of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Castro erupted for 19 points in the first 24 minutes of action but went scoreless for most of the second half before stepping up to take the big shot in the final minute.
Though Castro – the reigning Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference and FIBA’s Best Point Guard in Asia – reminded everyone why he was TNT’s go-to guy and one of the best crunch time performers in the league, he also credited his teammates, who handled business to keep him fresh for the crucial endgame....
Despite missing nearly the entire Philippine Cup, he showed little sign of rust, finishing with 20 points in 28 minute of play.
“Nahirapan pa rin ako kasi ang tagal kong hindi nakalaro. Siguro dahil na rin sa sobrang excited maglaro,” De Ocampo told sportswriters....
The Talk ‘M Text Tropang Texters shrugged off the absence of their import and also a career-game from Carlo Lastimosa as they opened their title retention bid with a 108-102 victory over the Blackwater Elite on the opening day of the OPPO PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Talk ‘N Text played without Ivan Johnson who was suspended one game for punching Elite players in a tuneup game.
But that hardly mattered as the Tropang Texters were led by Jayson Castro, who finished with 22 points including a dagger triple late in the game, and Ranidel De Ocampo, who scored 20 points and four rebounds in his return from a back injury that sidelined him most of last conference....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||1||0||1.000|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|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|