PBA Fastbreak: Talk N Text undefeated, GlobalPort winless
The Best: TNT had 7 guys score at least 7 points each, and they outscored Meralco, 40-25, in the middle two quarters to remain unbeaten after 5 games in the Commissioner’s Cup. Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro, and Larry Fonacier combined for 43 points to lead the Texters, who are one of the early favorites to go deep in the knockout rounds. RDO and Fonacier each hit 2 triples for Talk N Text, while starting forward KG Cañaleta hit 3 treys to account for all 9 of his points.
The Worst: Gary David, Anjo Caram, and Reynel Hugnatan – all starters – combined to score just 18 points in 86 minutes. Collectively, they shot 7/24 from the floor, which is definitely not the output coach Ryan Gregorio wanted. The Bolts fell to 2-2 in the standings as this loss came at the heels of their winning back-to-back games.
Butch-ered: Brian Butch was on fire in his last two games, hitting a total of 12 3's and scoring 69 points. In this game, the NBA D-League veteran squared off against youthful import Richard Howell, and, suffice to say, Butch was shackled. The Wisconsin product shot just 6/21 from the field, including 2/7 from beyond the arc to settle for 16 points. He still did well in other departments, grabbing 20 rebounds and blocking 3 shots, but the 6'11" import’s scoring is what makes him potent, so he has to regain his touch sooner rather than later.
The Best: Leon Rodgers didn’t have the best of games in Ginebra’s loss to San Mig Super Coffee last Sunday. Sure, he scored 35 points, but he missed a ton of shots in the fourth quarter that didn’t help the Kings’ cause. In this one, Rodgers did better, scoring 33 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and helping the Kings get their second win in four outings. He took 17 less shots (most of them were perimeter shots too) than he did in the previous game, and chose to be more aggressive in driving to the hole. The result? Rodgers went to the line 22 times, making 19. Way to go, Leon King!
The Worst: The Batang Pier did well on defense, forcing 20 Ginebra errors, but this was offset by their allowing the Gin Kings to outrebound them, 50-64. This resulted in Ginebra’s scoring 20 second-chance points. It didn’t help that Jay Washington continued the shooting woes that befell him last weekend. J-Wash shot just 2/7 against Meralco last Saturday, and he compounded it by shooting 3/10 against Ginebra last night. He has averaged just 6 points and 4 rebounds per game in GlobalPort’s last two outings.
The Return of Fast & Furious: Mark “The Spark” Caguioa and Jay-Jay Helterband turned back the clock in this one, grabbing the limelight from their younger teammates to help lead Ginebra in its W over GlobalPort. Caguioa was awesome on the boards here, hauling down 14 rebounds while also scoring 15 points. Helterbrand, meanwhile, shot 5/8 from the floor to score 14 points off the bench. Ginebra fans better cherish this now, of course, because it probably won’t happen very often, if at all. – Rappler.com