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TNT beats former coach Black, Meralco

By Ivan Saldajeno

Talk 'n Text got its first win against former coach Norman Black after beating Meralco, 80-72, in the nightcap of the PBA games at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The close, defensive-themed match slowly turned the Tropang Texters' way after building a 23-12 run in the fourth quarter to take a 76-68 lead with less than three minutes left.

The Bolts tried to inch closer after scoring four straight to cut the advantage to four with 1:11 left.

But Talk 'n Text sealed the win after answering with four unanswered of its own and a great defensive stand in the end.

Harvey Carey made two decisive blocks along with seven markers and 14 rebounds to lead the Tropang Texters, who spoiled Black's early birthday bash.

Box Scores:

Talk 'n Text 80-Ry. Reyes 17, De Ocampo 15, Castro 12, Alapag 7, Carey 7, Fonacier 7, Rosser 7, Washington 4, Alas 2, Williams 2, Espiritu 0, Ro. Reyes 0, Seigle 0, Aban 0, Labagala 0

Meralco 72-David 17, Anthony 9, Hugnatan 9, Cortez 8, Dillinger 8, Macapagal 8, Atkins 5, Hodge 4, Ildefonso 2, Caram 2, Ferriols 0, Buenafe 0, Sena 0, Guevarra 0

Quarterscores: 22-19, 37-33, 53-55, 80-72