Even at 37, Talk 'N Text ace playmaker Jimmy Alapag is far from being a spent force.
Proof to that were the 5-foot-10 guard's clutch exploits in the crunch that helped the Tropang Texters survive the Air21 Express Saturday night 95-91 and gain the solo lead in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
After Air21 clawed back from nine points down and evened things up at 74-apiece midway in the payoff canto, Alapag, a one-time league MVP, took up the cudgels for Talk 'N Text, scoring the team's next eight points before setting up the tables that led to a pair of clutch baskets by import Richard Howell.
The victory was the second straight in five days for the Texters, who opened their title campaign with a convincing 85-72 conquest of defending champion Alaska Aces.
Also coming up big for Talk 'N Text was the 6-foot-8 Howell, who tallied a game-best 29 points, while locals Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo and Harvey Carey also extended needed helping hand in both ends.
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