PBA's double header last Friday, October 14 went exciting because of the explosion of unexpected players.
HE "Carey" US
The ever hardworking Harvey Carey lift TNT to its 2nd straight win of the Conference and dropped Rain or Shine to 2 and 1 and gave their first lost.
It was the 28 points and 14 rebounds of Carey that carried TNT to another win, with the help from Ryan Reyes and "The Blur" Jayson Castro. The small runs of Talk 'N Text kept them ahead in most part of the game. Castro also had a double-double performance with 18 points and 10 assists, he anchored the Tropang Texters while their primary leader Jimmy Alapag still out with injury. Reyes, Fonacier and Dilinger added a combined 43 points to boost the lead of TNT and never looked back.
Again, Paul Lee led his team with 17 points but unfortunately he fouled out in the last part of the final quarter. Belga helped the young guy with his own double-double performance, 16 points and 10 boards. E-Painters had a balanced sharing of points but they went short in the end.
The 3rd quarter was very vital for the run of TNT against E-Painters. Rain or Shine had the lead in the half way mark of the 3rd quarter,55-49, but the Tropang Texters had 6 straight free shots plus an unexpected 3-point shot from Harvey Carey and they never stop from there. TNT had their final push with a 20-9 run with 2:45 remaining in the game clock, and they finished the game strong with a 9-point lead, 107-98.
The 2 wins of TNT happened without Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo, how strong this team would be when this three star palyers returned to their line up? I can't imagine how other team will stop them.
22-21, 47-48, 74-69, 107-98
WHY NOT DYLAN ABABOU?
A big explosion from the 10th overall pick of the draft and a redemption as well. Dylan never played in the first game of the Barako Bull Energy, but in their second game against Ginebra he was tapped by Coach Junel Baculi and prepared him for his first game as a pro.
Dylan Ababou's 20 points proved that he can play against the PBA's elite. It was a team effort said Dylan in his interview after the game and it's true, his fellow rookie Allein Maliksi had 13 points while Najorda, Artadi and Pennisi scored 12 points each.
The 2-time MVP Willie Miller scored only 4 points but he made a mark in that game and in the league, when he became the 24th player in PBA History who had 2,000 assists.
Barako led as much as 16 points in the 3rd quarter, 70-54 and that run was led by the PBADL 1st season MVP Allein Maliksi, he had a 9 straight points in that run.
Caguioa led Ginebra with 22 points and Rob Labagala scored 12 points but after that no other Ginebra player scored in double digit and to add more, both Caguioa and Labagala came off the bench in that game.
Barako Bull never let the Gin Kings to revive their 6th man (the crowd/fans) and fire them up to come back. Dylan Ababou and the rest of the Barakos stayed strong and never stop. They had a strong game after a long drought of 12-game losing streak and they beat Ginebra for the first time after loosing 3 in their last 4 meetings, with the score of 88-75.
21-20, 42-38, 70-54, 88-75