Talk 'N Text wins a 3peat on 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Finals

Talk 'N Text creates history on Philippine basketball for a 3peat achievement as the Tropang Texters wins over Rain or Shine (RoS), 105-82 game no.4 of best-of-7 series on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win made TNT the first team to complete a 3peat of the PBA Philippine Cup with strong assurance on the Finals after 3 straight wins against RoS.

ropang Texters hold the trophy of victory
Photo:Tropang Texters hold the trophy of victory
Photo Credit: PBA/Nuki Sabio

TNT became the first team in PBA history to win the most coveted crown in 3 straight seasons. It was their first under new coach Norman Black, who won his 11th PBA title in his return to the pro league after almost a decade coaching in college.

“Maraming salamat MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan), he’s the best boss in the world,” said Black, who also thanked other team executives after the game.

Ranidel De Ocampo was named the Finals MVP of the 2012-13 Philippine Cup. De Ocampo has an average of 18 points along with eight rebounds and three assists.

The 'Blur' Jayson Castro earned his first Best Player of the Conference award in a short ceremony prior to game four. The breakdown of criteria for the Best Player of the Conference award involves 40 percent statistical points, 30 percent media votes, 25 percent players votes and five percent PBA commissioner's office vote.

He beat out teammate Ranidel De Ocampo, Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva, Solomon Mercado of Meralco and Petron Blaze’s Arwind Santos.

TALK N' TEXT 105 - De Ocampo 19, Williams 15, Peek 15, Dillinger 14, Fonacier 13, Alapag 10, Castro 6, Reyes 5, Carey 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 2, Raymundo 0, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 82 - Rodriguez 16, Cruz 13, Arana 11, Chan 9, Lee 7, Belga 7, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Tiu 4, Norwood 4, Matias 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarters: 29-15, 53-46, 70-63, 105-82

PBA also announced the start of 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup,  the second conference of the 2012–13 PBA season that is set to begin next month, February 8.
The new season is an import-laden format, which requires an import or a pure-foreign player for each team and with no height limit.

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