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Tropang Texters rap Mixers, even series

Game Tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
8 p.m. – San Mig Super Coffee vs Talk ’N Text

The ‘real’ Talk ‘N Text finally showed up in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.

A disappointment in the series opener, the Tropang Texters rediscovered the form that made them win their first 13 games to secure an 86-76 victory over the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, tying the best-of-five title showdown at 1-1 last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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San Mig Super Coffee’s James Mays soars high for a two-handed slam during Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite the dunk, Talk ‘N Text won, 86-76, to tie the series at 1-1. (Bob Dungo, Jr.)

Best Player of the Conference candidate Jayson Castro fired 30 points – the most by any local player this conference – on 10-of-21 shooting as TNT led by 18 points before foiling a last ditch comeback by San Mig.

Castro’s consistency also saw him hit 5-of-8 three-pointers, including the one that gave the Texters an 82-73 lead with 2:48 remaining in the game.

That trey proved to be the cushion that Talk ‘N Text needed after San Mig threatened a big comeback despite key players James Yap and Peter Simon sitting on the bench throughout the payoff period.

San Mig closed in at 82-76 on two free throws by Mark Barroca, but the Mixers wasted several chances to narrow the gap.

After trading turnovers, San Mig import James Mays missed a layup that would have cut it to four. TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo sank two free throws on the ensuing possession to virtually secure the win.

Game 3 is set tomorrow at the Big Dome.

“I think effort is the number one thing,” said TNT mentor Norman Black, whose team’s lackluster play coupled with San Mig’s energy in Game 1 resulted in a 95-80 loss that ended the team’s bid for an unbeaten conference.

This time, the tables were turned.

“A lot more intensity and energy for us. We had to really go back to the drawing board, analyze what San Mig was doing to us offensively and defensively. A lot more focus and sense of urgency resulted to a win. Our defense was a lot better,” added Black.