Talk N Text Tropang Texters sweep Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to win its third All Filipino Cup Trophy.
Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters saved the best for last, fashioning a masterful 105-82 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum to win the 2013 Philippine Cup with a 4-0 sweep.
The Tropang Texters became the first team in PBA history to win the most coveted crown three straight seasons. It was their first under new coach Norman Black, who won his 11th PBA title in his return to the pro league after almost a decade coaching in college.
“I’m really happy for my players, they worked so hard this year,” said Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters coach Norman Black.
Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters jumped out to another great start looking for the knockout punch, but a corner three-pointer by Paul Lee to end the first half put the Elasto Painters within striking distance, 53-46.
Rain or Shine made its move in the third quarter, cutting down the deficit to just two points, 65-63, on a Chris Tiu layup. But Talk ‘N Text rattled off five straight points capped by a Jared Dillinger three-pointer to put more distance heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tropang Texters broke the game wide open, taking the fight out of Rain or Shine completely by hitting a series of back-breaking shots. Back-to-back three-pointers by spiritual leader Jimmy Alapag gave Talk ‘N Text a 98-72 lead with less than three minutes left, sealing the deal for the Tropang Texters.
Black, who became the first coach in PBA history to win titles in four different decades, dedicated the victory to Talk ‘N Text big bosses.
“Maraming salamat MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan), he’s the best boss in the world,” said Black, who also thanked other team executives after the game.
TALK N’ TEXT 105 – De Ocampo 19, Williams 15, Peek 15, Dillinger 14, Fonacier 13, Alapag 10, Castro 6, Reyes 5, Carey 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 2, Raymundo 0, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 82 – Rodriguez 16, Cruz 13, Arana 11, Chan 9, Lee 7, Belga 7, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Tiu 4, Norwood 4, Matias 0, Ibanes 0.
Quarters: 29-15, 53-46, 70-63, 105-82