MANILA, Philippines – In the final reckoning, Talk n Text simply proved it was the better team, carving out a 93-89 win to capture the KFC PBA Philippine Cup crown before a mammoth cheering crowd last night at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters beat out the Aces in yet another tough game, completing an epic comeback from 0-2 and 2-3 deficits in the best-of-seven series to claim a second all-Filipino championship in seven years.
Macmac Cardona, the tournament scoring leader, delivered an exclamation point in his wondrous performance in the tourney with a 23-point game he also laced with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes of play. He was later named the Mighty Bond Finals Most Valuable Player.
Rookie Jason Castro found no better time to perform his best game in the series, putting in 19 points, eight rebounds and the same number of assists with Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag, Ali Peek, Renren Ritualo and Harvey Carey giving their own valuable contributions to give Talk n Text the championship that completed a “grand slam” for team owner Manny V. Pangilinan. [Read full article...]