2002 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals season

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2002 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals season
Head coach Bill Bayno
Paul Woolpert
Owner(s) Smart Communications
Governor's Cup results
Record 9–4
Place N/A
Playoff finish N/A
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 13–11
Place 2nd
Playoff finish Finals
All-Filipino Cup results
Record 5–5
Place N/A
Playoff finish N/A

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals seasons
2001 2003

The 2002 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals season was the 13th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Height Position College
2 12 Christian Nicdao 6"5' C FEU
2 19 Celino Cruz 5"9' G FEU
4 28 Danilo Capobres 6"3' F Lyceum
5 33 Francis Sanz 6"3' F PCCR
Main article: 2002 PBA Draft


Players Added

Via Free Agency

Via Trade

Players Lost

Via Free Agency

Via Trade


Center Asi Taulava and guard Patrick Fran played for Philippine-Selecta team while forward Celedon Camaso played for Philippine-Hapee during the Governor's Cup. Taulava was among the 15 players chosen to play for the national team, Fran and Camaso went back to their mother ballclub starting the Commissioner's Cup.

Talk 'N Text coach Bill Bayno was fined by the PBA for lambasting the league and its commissioner for being a San Miguel Corporation-run league, for two conferences, the former University of Las Vegas coach, caused quite a stir with accusations and comments that cost him over P250,000 in record fines. [1]

Starting the All-Filipino Cup, Talk 'N Text has tapped another American coach Paul Woolpert to replace Bill Bayno, who abandoned the Phone Pals after a short but controversial stint in the league.

Finals stint[edit]

The Talk 'N Text Phone Pals reach the Commissioner's Cup finals opposite defending champion Batang Red Bull by winning over the Alaska Aces, 3 games to 2, in their best-of-five semifinal series. The Phone Pals led in the finals series all throughout until the last two games, which Red Bull won to successfully defended their Commissioner's Cup title.


Talk 'N Text Phone Pals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 1 Ravena, Bong 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) UE
G 2 Tangkay, Jercules (NA) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) South Western
G/F 3 Lago, Elmer (M) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) De La Salle
G 4 Evans, Kenny 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) San Francisco
G 6 Demape, Gilbert 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) CIT-University
G 8 Fran, Patrick 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) UST
F 13 Telan, Mark 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) De La Salle
F 19 Gonzales, Norman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) San Beda College
F 20 Camaso, Don 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Metro Manila Colleges
F 23 Alvarez, Paul (NA) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) San Sebastian
F 33 Pablo, Victor 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Far Eastern
G 42 Belano, Donbel (A) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) University of Visayas
C 43 Crisano, Alex 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Brooklyn College
F/C 81 Cui, Gabby 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Ateneo de Manila
C 88 Taulava, Asi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) BYU-Hawaii
G/F 24 Frahm, Richie (G) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Gonzaga University
F/C 40 Honeycutt, Jerald (G/C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Tulane University
G 5 Johnson, Danny (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) University of Charleston
F Mickeal, Pete (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) University of Cincinnati
G 9 Ejercito, Gherome (T) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Adamson
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Aric del Rosario
  • Philippines Ariel Vanguardia

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (G) Governor's Cup Import
    • (C) Commissioner's Cup Import
    • (A) Acquired via trade
    • (T) Traded
    • (M) Moved to Ginebra
    • (NA) Newly-acquired in the AFC
    • Injured Injured

Elimination round[edit]

Games won[edit]

Date Opponent Score Top scorer Venue (Location)
February 22 RP-Hapee 95-62 Ynares Center
February 28 San Miguel 82-81 Richie Frahm (31 pts) Makati Coliseum
March 7 Sta. Lucia 98-96 Jerald Honeycutt (24 pts) Makati Coliseum
March 16 Brgy. Ginebra 87-82 Richie Frahm (22 pts) Cuneta Astrodome
March 23 RP-Selecta 83-76 Ynares Center
March 31 Shell 93-86 Jerald Honeycutt (33 pts) Araneta Coliseum [2]
April 6 Alaska 84-67 Philsports Arena
April 9 Red Bull 98-90 Cuneta Astrodome
April 20 FedEx 101-90 Philsports Arena
June 16 Shell 89-72 Jerald Honeycutt (29 pts) Araneta Coliseum [3]
June 22 FedEx 96-90 Jerald Honeycutt (38 pts) Cuneta Astrodome
June 27 Sta. Lucia 83-71 Jerald Honeycutt (30 pts) Cuneta Astrodome
July 14 Purefoods 109-92 Danny Johnson (37 pts) Ynares Center
August 11 Alaska 80-76 Araneta Coliseum
October 30 FedEx 69-64 Ynares Center
November 9 Purefoods 78-75 Asi Taulava (33 pts) Centennial Arena (Laoag City)
November 15 Red Bull 77-67 Paul Alvarez (17 pts) Ynares Center
November 24 Alaska 73-66 Araneta Coliseum
December 1 Brgy. Ginebra 86-65 Paul Alvarez (23 pts) Araneta Coliseum [4]

  Governor's Cup
  Commissioner's Cup
  All-Filipino Cup


  1. ^ PBA reprimands, warned 'Talk 'N Text' coach Bayno, Philippine Headline News Online
  2. ^ Talk 'N Text storms to 6th straight win, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  3. ^ Talk 'N Text trounces Shell, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  4. ^ Pals clobber Kings, reach quarterfinals, Philippine Daily Inquirer