#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: June 19, 2015

Talk N Text and NLEX got some much-needed wins to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive in the 2015 PBA Govs’ Cup tonight.

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon and Inquirer.net):

Box scores.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters weathered a furious rally by the Kia Carnival to come away with a 94-85 win and bolster their playoff bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro top-scored for Talk ‘N Text with 19 points, and he got ample help from Kelly Williams and Ranidel De Ocampo, who finished with 14 markers apiece for the Tropang Texters, who built a 28-point lead in the second period only to be erased by the Carnival in the third frame.

The victory also improved Talk ‘N Text’s record to 5-6, lifting it up in the team standings from ninth to seventh place.

Fil-Am guard Karl Dehesa scored 19 points to lead the Carnival, while Taiwanese import Jet Chang added 17 markers.

Despite moving into the top eight, Talk ‘N Text’s fate still isn’t determined yet as they could still possibly figure in a tie with Purefoods, Ginebra, or Kia (all with 4-6 cards), and even Meralco (5-4), with the quotient game to be played in that scenario.

Line of the Game: Hamady N’Diaye (KIA) - 9pts, 13rebs, 3blks, 3asts, 4/8 FGs.

Jayson Castro and the rest of TNT are still in the running for the quarterfinals.

Jet Chang and the rest of Kia are in the midst of a freefall.

Kelly Williams gets hacked by Hamady N'Diaye on the way to the basket.

Box scores.
NLEX brought out the gutsy tires as it overcame a disastrous first half and trumped Blackwater, 102-89, in overtime in the PBA Governor’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Staring at a 17-point deficit, 62-45, lead in the third quarter, the Road Warriors revved up to fifth gear as they outscored the humbled Elite 45-22 in the fourth quarter and extra period.

Overtime belonged solely to the Road Warriors as they outscored the Elite 15-2 in the extra period.

Michael Madanly hit a booming three-pointer from the top of the key to give NLEX 96-89 lead with 2:47 remaining in the game.

NLEX drove to a 14-2 run in the closing moments of the fourth with Mark Cardona hitting on a difficult layup to give the Road Warriors an 87-85 lead with 47.4 seconds left in regulation.

Marcus Cousin, however, would ice two free throws with 0.9 seconds left that sent the game to overtime.

Kwame Alexander led four Road Warriors who scored in double-figures as he finished with 26 points to go along 16 rebounds.

Madanly added 18 points, while Cardona had 16 points for NLEX. Asi Taulava rebelled against Father Time as he finished with a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Cousin led the 1-9 Elite with 29 points and 14 boards.

Line of the Game: Kwame Alexander (NLX) - 26pts, 16rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 9/13 FGs.

Kwame Alexander dropped a big game as NLEX survived Blackwater.

Mac Cardona drives past Val Acuña in this critical contest.

Marcus Cousin recorded a nice line for the Elite, but it wasn't enough for them to win.

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