2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
|Dates||January 20–29, 2012|
|MVP||Larry Fonacier (Talk 'N Text)|
|Television||AKTV on IBC|
|Announcers||See broadcast notes|
The 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup Finals was the best-of-7 championship series of the 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup, and the conclusion of the conference's playoffs. The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters and the Powerade Tigers competed for the 104th championship contested by the league. The series was held from January 20 to 29, 2012.
This was the first time that Talk 'N Text and Powerade faced each other in the finals, since the 2003 PBA All-Filipino Cup, in which Talk 'N Text won the series in six games.
Road to the finals
|Talk 'N Text||Powerade|
|Finished 10–4 (0.714): Tied for 1st*||Elimination round||Finished 6–8 (0.429): Tied for 7th*|
|Def. Barako Bull, 81–79||Quarterfinals||Def. B-Meg, 97–88, 131–123|
|Def. Petron Blaze, 4–3||Semifinals||Def. Rain or Shine, 4–3|
Talk 'N Text finished the elimination round tied with the B-Meg Llamados for first place. Since Talk 'N Text has an inferior quotient against B-Meg, the team got the #2 seed but still got the twice-to-beat advantage entering the quarterfinals. They defeated the 7th seeded Barako Bull Energy in one game in order to advance to the semifinals, where they faced the Petron Blaze Boosters, the team that they faced during the 2011 PBA Governors Cup Finals and denied them their opportunity for a Grand Slam. Talk 'N Text defeated Petron Blaze in seven games, becoming the third team to win a best-of-seven playoff series coming from a 1-3 deficit.
Powerade on the other hand was seeded eight (due to an inferior quotient against Barako Bull), with a twice-to-beat disadvantage going to the quarterfinals. They defeated the first seeded B-Meg Llamados in two games to advance to the semifinals. In the next round, they faced the fifth-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Powerade won in seven games, making them the first team in PBA history to become the lowest seeded team to advance to the finals.
|Team||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4||Game 5||Wins|
|Talk 'N Text||116||102||133||97||110||4|
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 116, Powerade Tigers 100|
|Scoring by quarter: 38–21, 30–29, 28–31, 20–19|
|Pts: Castro 23
Rebs: Peek 7
Asts: Castro 8
|Pts: Anthony 23
Rebs: Kramer 13
Asts: Anthony, Lingganay 5
|Talk 'N Text leads series, 1–0|
In the first game, which is held at Digos, Davao del Sur, Talk 'N Text capitalized on the absence of Powerade's top pick rookie JV Casio, due to an injured knee, and limiting Gary David to only 19 points (his lowest scoring output in the playoffs) to get the first win of the series. The Tropang Texters led Powerade by as much as 20 points mostly in the second half.
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 102, Powerade Tigers 96|
|Scoring by quarter: 31–25, 25–26, 24–22, 22–23|
|Pts: Alapag 23
Rebs: de Ocampo 15
Asts: Castro 5
|Pts: David 30
Rebs: Kramer 10
Asts: Lassiter 5
|Talk 'N Text leads series, 2–0|
Talk 'N Text was in control most of the game and was leading Powerade by 12 points going into the fourth quarter. The Tigers, led by Doug Kramer sparked a 13-2 run, which pushed Powerade to within one point, 94-93 with 2:54 remaining in the game. After executing empty possessions, Larry Fonacier was able to score a layup from a broken play that gave the Tropang Texters with 2:08 remaining. Jimmy Alapag sealed any chance for a Powerade comeback with a 28-foot three point jumper.
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 133, Powerade Tigers 126 (OT)|
|Scoring by quarter: 28–34, 35–26, 24–33, 34–28, Overtime: 12–5|
|Pts: Fonacier 25
Rebs: Peek 9
Asts: Alapag 11
|Pts: David 36
Rebs: Kramer 23
Asts: Casio 11
|Talk 'N Text leads series, 3–0|
With 3.3 seconds left in the game, and leading the game 121-118, Talk 'N Text had the possession and a chance to close the game. Ranidel de Ocampo miscalculated the lead pass to teammate Larry Fonacier, who was heavily defended by Gary David. JV Casio was able to pick up the loose ball then sank a three-point shot to send the game into overtime. During the overtime period, De Ocampo was able to make up his mistake in regulation, scoring the crucial shots in overtime, sealing the game and a commanding 3-0 lead in the finals series.
Earlier in the game, De Ocampo was slapped with a flagrant foul (penalty 1) after he swung an elbow to Sean Anthony after securing a rebound. Anthony's eyebrow needed 10 stitches to stop the bloody gash. De Ocampo was fined P20,000 by the commissioner's office after the incident.
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 97, Powerade Tigers 100|
|Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 20–28, 32–22, 22–25|
|Pts: Fonacier 20
Rebs: Castro, Williams 10
Asts: Alapag, Reyes, 6
|Pts: David 35
Rebs: Anthony 11
Asts: Casio 8
|Talk 'N Text leads series, 3–1|
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 110, Powerade Tigers 101|
|Scoring by quarter: 30–16, 30–30, 25–18, 25–37|
|Pts: Reyes 20
Rebs: Peek, Reyes 8
Asts: Alapag, 2 others 6
Stls: Reyes 10
|Pts: David 37
Rebs: Anthony 13
Asts: Casio 4
Stls: Casio 2
|Talk 'N Text wins series, 4–1|
Talk 'N Text led most of the game, leading with as much as 23 points (40-17) and prevented any scoring surge from Powerade. The Tropang Texters was able to secure the series clinching game, successfully defending the Philippine Cup, making them the first team in league history to win back-to-back All-Filipino championships after 27 years. The last team doing that feat was the Great Taste Coffee Makers in 1984 and 1985.
|Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters roster|
|Powerade Tigers roster|
|Game||Play-by-play||Analyst||Courtside reporters||Studio game analysts|
|Game 1||Magoo Marjon||Rado Dimalibot||none||Mico Halili, Jason Webb and Richard del Rosario|
|Game 2||Chiqui Reyes||Quinito Henson||Aaron Atayde and Sel Guevara||Richard del Rosario, Jason Webb and Ryan Gregorio|
|Game 3||Magoo Marjon||Jason Webb and Ryan Gregorio||Aaron Atayde and Sel Guevara||Richard del Rosario, Dominic Uy and Willie Miller|
|Game 4||Mico Halili||Quinito Henson and Jong Uichico||Aaron Atayde and Sel Guevara||Richard del Rosario, Jason Webb, Willie Miller and Dorian Peña|
|Game 5||Magoo Marjon||Jason Webb and Ryan Gregorio||Aaron Atayde and Sel Guevara||Mico Halili, Richard del Rosario, Olsen Racela|
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