Peek rallies Texters past Painters in Davao game

Subscribe Now December 05, 2010 at 03:06am

Ali Peek carried Talk ‘N Text on his massive shoulders and lifted the Tropang Texters to a rousing 86-81 come-from-behind win over Rain or Shine Saturday night in a PBA Philippine Cup road game in Digos, Davao Del Sur.

The heavily-built TNT center threw his weight around inside the paint, scoring seven points in the final four-minute mark of the tightly-fought game at the Davao Del Sur Cultural Sports Business Center. A big 11-0 run down the stretch allowed the Tropang Texters to erase a six-point deficit with 3:35 left.

Their ninth win in 12 outings had the Texters tying idle Barangay Ginebra for second place in their heated battle for the twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs going into their much-awaited showdown next Friday.

Peek topscored for 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

His basket underneath at the 1:07 mark finally put the Tropang Texters in front for good, 82-81, while his free throws with 17 seconds to go gave his team an 84-81 cushion.

Peek also had a key block on a driving Gabe Norwood in the final 55 seconds with the Elasto Painters trailing by a point.

Sol Mercado finished with 17 points for Rain or Shine, which led 81-75 with 3:35 left to play following a Larry Rodriguez putback off a Mercado miss.

But the Elasto Painters failed to buy a basket after that, costing them the game and pinning their sixth loss in 11 games.

Mercado missed a game-tying three-pointer in the closing seconds.

Jason Castro collared the rebound, was fouled by Norwood and sank the two free throws for the final tally.


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