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Forbes finally shows stuff he’s made of, leading Tropang Texters in road game win over Tigers

CALAPE, Bohol – Talk ‘N Text escaped with a 103-100 win over Coca-Cola Saturday to snap out of an alarming skid in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Calape Sports Center here.

Playing in only his second game since replacing erstwhile conference leading scorer Tiras Wade, Forbes scattered 12 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive fourth quarter to power the Tropang Texters past the gritty Tigers in the game that churned out more twists than a telenovela.

In the end, TNT cut short a three-game rut after the All-Star break and evened up its win-loss record to an even 6-6 after the humdinger of a Phoenix Fuel-sponsored game witnessed by a jampacked crowd bannered by Rep. Edgar Chatto, Vice-Gov. Julius Herrera and local officials led by Mayor Junie Yu.

Asi Taulava had 26 points and 17 rebounds while James Penny added 25 and nine boards as the Tigers absorbed their seventh loss in 11 games after seeing their winning streak cut short at two.

It could have been an entirely different outcome, although TNT outscored Coke, 31-21, in the pivotal period of a game that had 13 lead changes.

After Penny collared the rebound following a missed triple by Jimmy Alapag, the entire Tigers coaching staff were calling for a timeout that went unheard in the final 10 seconds. Instead, Penny streaked downcourt and passed on to Mark Macapagal, who missed the potential equalizer from the left corner.

The Tropang Texters snared the rebound and were able to hold on to the ball until the final buzzer sounded, putting the period to a repeat of their 133-111 conquest of the same team the first time they met.

In their first game, Coke missed a total 19 free throws. The Tigers only missed 17 Saturday, but the last six from Nic Belasco, Taulava and Penny were all crucial, coming as they did inside the last 3:58 when they trailed by only 94-97. The last four also came after Belasco’s follow-up pegged what would prove to be the final count, still 1:20 left.

Coca-Cola fell to 4-7.

Unlike in the first two quarters TNT came out with sustained fire in the third period with Mark Cardona, Ali Peek and Forbes leading the assault that saw the Tropang Texters charge to a 62-55 lead, 8:34 to go.

Coke proved it was as adept in comebacks, letting loose a more massive 20-2 bomb that staked the Tigers to a 75-64 spread. Penny sparked that run with four straight points while Taulava and Belasco capped that with a three-point play and a triple, respectively.

So heated were the ensuing possessions that TNT coach Chot Reyes was slapped with a technical for excessive complaining due to a perceived non-call, with the resulting charity giving Coke a 79-72 lead going into the last canto.

Coke was looking to win three in a row for the first time this season and for the first time since starting last season’s Fiesta Conference with a 3-0 slate while cutting short a season-low three-game slide was TNT’s overriding aim.

It seemed as if the Tigers were the ones who were well on their way to achieving their objective by starting each of the first two quarters hot, especially in the second period where they unleashed one prolonged scoring burst to lead by 40-28.

Ronjay Buenafe was at the forefront of that attack, scattering seven of his 12 quarter points and pulling off three steals that plucked Coke out of a 15-16 bind.

Forbes, Jared Dillinger and Cardona then started buckling down to more serious work, with the Panamanian-American scoring seven of his 13 first half points inside the last 4:16 of the half.

Cardona, eerily held scoreless in the opening period, also exploded for two triples and Dillinger five in an 18-7 surge before Alapag drained a triple to give the Tropang Texters a 49-47 lead at the break.

That halftime count was totally unexpected, especially after TNT started out the game shooting a dismal 2-of-17 from the field and committing five turnovers that enabled Coke to open up a 14-4 lead.

But as soon as the Tropang Texters gathered their acts together they had little trouble razing the deficit to just 14-15. (NCo)

The scores:

TNT 103 - Forbes 34, Peek 14, Cardona 13, De Ocampo Y. 11, Carey 11, Alapag 8, Dillinger 6, Castro 2, De Ocampo R 2, Ritualo 2, Escobal 0, Aljamal 0, Lao 0.

Coca-Cola 100 - Taulava 26, Penny 25, Buenafe 15, Belasco 12, Cabagnot 8, Macapagal 7, Telan 4, Singson 3, Calimag 0, Misolas 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15; 49-47; 72-79; 103-100.

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