FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Barangay Ginebra waxed hot in the final period and pulled off an impressive 96-82 demolition of defending champion Talk ‘N Text in the final game of the eliminations of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Kings outscored the Tropang Texters in the final 12 minutes, 32-17, to pull away from a tight contest and end the initial phase of the tournament with a five-game winning streak for a 9-5 win-loss record.

Mark Caguioa had another sterling performance for Ginebra with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Mike Cortez added 17 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers in the second period.

JC Intal and Enrico Villanueva each had 15 points for the Gin Kings, whose quarterfinal foe was already determined prior to the game following Rain or Shine’s win over Alaska in the first match.

“It will be tough. Tinalo kami sa opening game by one point. They’re a pretty good team but we will be ready against them,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen about Rain or Shine.

Ginebra’s did B-MEG a little favor with the win, as the Llamados ended up the No. 1 seed. B-MEG and Talk ‘N Text were tied with the best record at 10-4, but the Llamados had the better quotient. It was the first time in five conferences that Talk ‘N Text did not end up with the top seed.

Jason Castro led Talk ‘N Text with 14 points while Jared Dillinger, Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey each had 12 points.

The Texters were up by two points, 69-67, on Larry Fonacier’s two free throws before Caguioa, Cortez, Intal and Willy Wilson joined forces for a decisive 25-8 run to pull Ginebra away at 92-77 with 3:28 remaining.

After the onslaught, Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes decided to pull out his starters.

The scores:

GINEBRA 96 – Caguioa 18, Cortez 17, Intal 15, Villanueva 15, Wilson W. 14, Mamaril 8, Labagala 4, Canaleta 3, Tubid 2, Maliksi 0, Cervantes 0, Wilson J. 0.

TALK N’ TEXT 82 – Castro 14, Dillinger 12, Williams 12, Carey 12, Fonacier 10, Aguilar 7, Reyes 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 4, Alvarez 2, Weinstein 0, De Ocampo 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 41-45, 64-65, 96-82


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