2011 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 5 - The Review

Mighty Mouse went berserk in Game 5

Dorian Pena was about to go violently to Jason Castro when Ali Peek steps in to HUG one of the biggest players in the league today.  

Ali Peek was called for a technical foul excessive hugging.

Yes you heard it.

Quinito Henson was trying to defend to Mico Halili that the hug was without malice. Dorian Pena couldn’t escape the hold and Ali Peek had it locked in as if he’s going to take Pena down.

San Miguel struck early in the first quarter, 23 to 14 but Talk N Text outscored the Beermen in the second quarter by securing 38 points compared to SMB’s 21. Jason Castro, Ryan Reyes, and Jimmy Alapag had 30 points in the second half alone. Ranidel De Ocampo also scored ten points thanks to Jimmy Alapag’s six assists in the first half.

Worse, the last points of the half was Ali Peek’s jump shot which came seconds after he was called for a technical foul for excessive hugging!

That scenario set up the total ownage that sent the Tropang Texters to a 3 to 2 lead over San Miguel.

The match ended 99 to 77, in favor of the Tropang Texters. San Miguel showed signs of life in the third quarter but the Texters were able to stretch the lead to a high of 23 with Larry Fonacier scoring three straight triples, Kelly Williams making Jay Washington’s life hard, and Jared Dillinger attacking the defense.

Ryan Reyes, who usually plays the PG/SG spot, played well in defending against Washington.  

The mere fact that we’re seeing Joseph Yeo, Denok Miranda, and Mick Pennisi in the court meant San Miguel has already given up.

The only good thing to see for San Miguel in Game 5 was Sam Pinto.

Seven players scored 9 and more for the Texters led by De Ocampo’s 20. Jimmy Alapag made life easy for his squad by scoring 16 points, dishing 10 assists, grabbing 7 rebounds, and converting 3 triples. Jason Castro also played an all-around game with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, and 2 triples. Actually, Ryan Reyes too played superb with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 triples! Ali Peek, Larry Fonacier, and Jared Dillinger have 9 points each.

Arwind Santos and Jay Washington had 18 points apiece but they were a combined 15-out-of-34 from the field. Alex Cabagnot, which was the recipient of the really awful Crunchman tag (it seems like he’s a caveman), was limited to only two points with 1-of-9 shooting. Santos also had 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks while J-Wash also has 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Aside from Santos and Washington, Dondon Hontiveros was the only other double-digit scorer with 14 points.

For San Miguel, if they can win Game 6, they will have momentum to carry on Game 7.

Of course, Talk N Text doesn’t want that and for the Texters, they need to finish this on Friday.

Game over!

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