2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Roundup: Game 2

TNT fans whoop it up as the Texters tie the 7-game series.

 *All images are by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV.com.


Those free throw shooting woes almost came back to haunt Talk N Text again.


The Tropang Texters managed to sink the ones that mattered to hold off B-Meg Wednesday and even up their PBA Commissioner's Cup championship series at one game apiece.

Jayson Castro accounted for one of the five charities TNT missed inside the last 42 seconds, but he atoned by hitting 6 big points, including the go-ahead three-pointer at the final 35 seconds mark.

The Llamados practically self-destructed right there and Ryan Reyes and Jimmy Alapag each hit a pair of gift shots to ice the game and make up for an 82-88 loss in the best-of-seven series' opener last Monday.

After missing 20 free throws and committing as many turnovers in Game 1, TNT made 31 of 43 charity attempts and had 13 less miscues. But it was his B-Meg team's woeful stretch plays that coach Tim Cone rues the most.

Denzel Bowles ruined a 33-point, 13-rebound performance by missing some clutch shots, and he also threw the ball away following a defensive rebound.  Ditto for James Yap, who also had a big miss, hitting just the side of the board in a hurried jumper with his team just 99-100 down.

The war is far from lost, however.

Donnell Harvey finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds while Castro added five rebounds and five assists despite two sore ankles that limited him to just five points in Game 1. Ryan Reyes and Ali Peek also turned in double figures, with the former helping put the clamps on PJ Simon.

Yap rebounded big-time from a nine-point performance just two days ago with 25 points. Josh Urbiztondo added 15 and Simon 10, eight less than in Game 1.

TNT 104 – Harvey 29, Castro 23, Reyes 13, Peek 12, Williams 8, Dillinger 6, De Ocampo 6, Fonacier 4, Alapag 3, Gamalinda 0, Carey 0
BML 102 – Bowles 33, Yap 25, Urbiztondo 15, Simon 10, Pingris 9, Barroca 4, Devance 4, De Ocampo 2, Intal 0, Villanueva 0, Reavis 0
QS: 24-16, 49-48, 73-75, 104-102

Chot Reyes gives his wards some instructions in
the crucial moments of Game 2.
Denzel Bowles had another strong game, but
he also made some miscues in crunch time.
Jayson Castro keyed the game-clinching windup
for the Tropang Texters.

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph
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Both teams muffed opportunities down the stretch, but Bowles' intercepted outlet pass that turned into a turnover was the biggest one that did the Llamados in. Game 3 is going to be crazy!