#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: June 12, 2015

The 2015 PBA Govs’ Cup offered up contrasting games tonight as TNT leaned on a strong second half to turn back Blackwater, while the Batang Pier snapped their losing skid after blowing out NLEX.

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon):

Box scores.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters finally ended a four-game losing skid after a strong second half turnaround against the Blackwater Elite, 98-91, on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Matt Ganuelas-Rosser led Talk ‘N Text with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He scored 15 of his team-high total in the second half, where Talk ‘N Text outscored Blackwater by 16 points, 57-41.

For a moment, the Commissioner’s Cup champions looked like they would remain mired in their slump, falling behind by as many as 16 points in the first half. They entered the halftime break trailing, 50-41.

But the Tropang Texters came out with a strong third quarter as Danny Seigle scored seven straight points in one stretch and Ganuelas-Rosser energized the team with a dunk and a lay-up in transition to cap a 15-5 run.

They only trailed by one point, 71-70, heading into the fourth.

Talk ‘N Text also went on a 9-0 run early in the final period to finally take the lead, 79-73. A three-pointer from Larry Fonacier gave them their largest lead of eight points, 86-78, and Ranidel De Ocampo knocked down three three-pointers in the late minutes to hold off Blackwater’s attempts at a rally.

Brian Heruela recorded a near-triple-double to pace Blackwater, putting up 21 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds. New import Marcus Cousin dropped 16 markers and grabbed 9 boards.

Line of the Game: Brian Heruela (BLA) - 21pts, 11asts, 7rebs, 2 triples, 8/14 FGs.

Brian Heruela was the best player on the floor, but he was playing on the losing side.

New import Marcus Cousin didn't exactly impress in his PBA debut.

Matt Rosser flashed fine form in leading TNT to the big win over Blackwater.

Box scores.
The GlobalPort Batang Pier cruised to an easy 108-80 victory over NLEX to return to their winning ways in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Jarrid Famous scored 30 points and 24 boards, while Terrence Romeo added 22 markers for GlobalPort, which ended a two-game slide to improve to a 5-4 slate.

Asian import Omar Krayem also chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Batang Pier led by as many as 30 following a strong start and never let NLEX mount a comeback.

Asi Taulava had 23 points to lead the Road Warriors, whose loss pushed their skid to three games as the squad remained at 11th place with a 2-7 card and in danger of elimination. NLEX’s starting backcourt of Jonas Villanueva and Michel Madanly combined to shoot 0/12 from beyond the arc.

Line of the Game: Jarrid Famous (GLO) - 30pts, 24rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 3blks, 12/20 FGs.

Palestinian hotshot Omar Krayem torched NLEX for 19 points.

All images are from the PBA.

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