Statmatsing of the Day - May 6, 2011

Just when you think the Talk N Text Tropang Texters were bound to make another furious run, the Barangay Ginebra Kings nipped that surge to cut their best-of-7 deficit with a 100 to 93 victory.

The Kings will want to extend the series to Wednesday while the Tropang Texters hope to end this by Sunday.

In the import battle, Nate Brumfield dominated Paul Harris. Brumfield outscored (26 points to 15), outrebounded (14 rebounds to 5), and out-dished (six assists to 2) Harris. While their scoring is almost even (Brumfield was 7-of-11 from the field while Harris had 6-of-14), Brumfield almost tripled Harris’ free throw trips and made nine more points (Brumfield was 12-of-17 while Harris was 3-of-6).

As for the top local, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa was the star of the night. Mr. Furious had 20 points, 4 rebounds, a steal, and a mind-boggling 8 assists.

Yes, Caguioa had 8 assists.   

When The Spark scores and passes... with success, then expect the Kings to shine at games!

For the Tropang Texters, Jason Castro provided lift for TNT when he scored all of his 19 points in the second half. He also finished the match with 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The best players of the match conclude with the naming of Jimmy Alapag, Rudy Hatfield, Kelly Williams, and Ranidel de Ocampo.  

The Kings followed a game plan and they succeeded in owning the Texters in the rebounding department and more importantly in terms of assists (23 to 13). Again Ronald Tubid and Willie Miller failed to play up to par. Tubid logged only three minutes after registering two turnovers while The Thriller only had a basket in 1-of-6 shooting. Luckily, the bench responded for the Kings with notable performances from Billy Mamaril and JC Intal. Rob Labagala and John Wilson, the two key rookies who failed to see action in Game 4, again pulled in significant numbers.

Can the Kings sustain the momentum to push them to a Game 7?

Or will TNT explode to score their second straight title?

Game over.


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