TNT equalizes against Purefoods

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Talk 'n Text sizzled in the last three and a half minutes to tie its best-of-five PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series with Purefoods after a 93-77 Game 2 win on Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters ended the match on a 15-3 run to preserve an early rally and spoil Purefoods' comeback bid to force a 1-all deadlock and shorten the series to a best-of-three.

Jayson Castro led Talk 'n Text with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. All of the players Coach Jong Uichico inserted to the game scored; six of them, including Castro, were in double figures.

Denzel Bowles, on the other hand, tallied 35 markers for Purefoods.

Box Scores:

Talk 'n Text 93-Castro 21, Johnson 16, De Ocampo 14, Washington 12, Alas 12, Fonacier 10, Carey 2, Williams 2, Rosser 2, Aban 2

Purefoods 77-Bowles 35, Yap 15, Simon 10, Pennisi 5, Maliksi 3, Devance 3, Reavis 2, Mallari 2, Barroca 2, Melton 0, Pingris 0

Quarterscores: 21-13, 40-34, 59-57, 93-77