A SPECTACULAR inbound pass was all Talk N Text needed to survive Ginebra, 106-105, in a tightly-fought Game 2 of their best-of-five quarterfinals series in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum last night.
Jared Dillinger was the hero of the day for the Tropang Texters, which were trailing most of the game before hitting the big shot in the last 3.3 seconds of the game.
Dillinger made a terrific alley-oop basket from Yancy de Ocampo’s inbound pass and lifted the Tropang Texters within a win away from clinching the second to the last semifinals seat.
Bucking a slow start and down by as much as 16 points — 43-59 at the end of the third period — the Chot Reyes-mentored team slowly clawed their way back into the fray in the final quarter to lead their series, 2-0.
Actually, the Gin Kings were leading, 104-102, in the last minute of the final quarter, but Ronald Tubid missed a jumper in the 30.2 mark.
Harvey Carey made a layup from an assist by Jimmy Alapag in the ensuing play to tie the game at 104-all with 25.1 seconds left.
Ginebra tried to push for the win behind JC Intal, but missed a free throw off a foul from Mac Cardona in the last 3.3 seconds to lead by one, 105-104.