SLR 78, TNT 92

On: 24 May 2010

TNT's Williams

Talk n Text just continued to show what it can do with a star-studded, talent-laden lineup.

The rampaging Tropang Texters pummeled the Sta. Lucia Realtors in the last three quarters, hacking out a 92-78 win that firmed up their hold of second place in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum last 24 May 2010.

Three Texters came through with double-double jobs with two others contributing at least 12 points as TnT made it seven in a row – the last three since the arrival of Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes.

Williams got away with 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first game against his former team, with Jimmy Alapag and Shawn Daniels having their own double-double numbers as they led TnT to a ninth win in 11 games overall.

"After a great game against Derby Aces, what we guarded against was the proverbial deep in performance," said TnT coach Chot Reyes.

"Natural sa team yon after a good game, bumababa ang laro, and that’s our worry coming into this game. We did experience a fall at the start of the game. Good thing, our second team gave us tremendous boost," Reyes added.

Reyes made special mention of Williams, Jared Dillinger, Jason Castro and Ryan Reyes who played well coming off the bench.

No one played better than Williams who torched his former teammates with a 7-of-11 field-goal shooting and 5-of-6 clip from the stripe.

Reyes and Williams believe the team could only get better.

"It would come down to jelling. If we jell quickly and get a good flow, I think we’re capable of really making a run at the championship," said Williams.

"Hopefully, we've put together a team that can score and play some great defense. If we get that balance, we would be pretty tough to beat. But we’re still a work in progress," said Reyes.

With Williams, Dillinger and Reyes providing instant offense coming off the bench, the Texters pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back.

They made it two in a row over the Realtors in the elimination round, nailing the win that matched their seven-game romp in the same tournament six years ago.

So amazing were the Texters that they won their last seven games by a whopping average margin of 13.65 points.

They came off a 114-89 blasting of the B-MEG Derby Ace.

Anthony Johnson piled up 29 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

Ali Peek, Nic Belasco, Pong Escobal and Yousif Aljamal all struggled in their first game versus their former team. (SB)

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