Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
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Joined PBA 1990
History Pepsi Hotshots
7-Up Uncolas
Pepsi Mega Bottlers
Mobiline Cellulars
Mobiline Phone Pals
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

Team colors Yellow, Blue, and White
Owner(s) Manuel V. Pangilinan
Board governor Ricky Vargas
Company Pilipino Telephone Corporation
Head coach Chot Reyes
Championships 4 (2003 All-Filipino, 2008-09 Philippine, 2010-11 Philippine, 2011 Commissioner's)
1998 Centennial Cup (Special tournament)
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The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters is a professional basketball team in Philippine Basketball Association.

The team was first owned by Pepsi Philippines of Luis Francisco R. Lorenzo and was granted an expansion franchise prior to the 1990 PBA season. The Pepsi Hotshots also used the names 7-Up Uncolas and Pepsi Mega Bottlers in their campaigns, netting no championships.

In 1996, telecommunications company Pilipino Telephone Corporation bought the franchise and has since owned the team. After the franchise was bought, it was then renamed to the Mobiline Cellulars and later the Mobiline Phone Pals which won the special 1998 PBA Centennial Cup. After Piltel became an MVNO in April 2000, the team was again renamed in 2001, this time as the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals, after a prepaid cellular phone service. They have since won two titles and remains as one of the league's powerhouses. In 2008, the team changed their moniker from Phone Pals to Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, and in the process winning the team's second championship via the 2008-09 PBA Philippine Cup.



Under the Pepsi brand

Pepsi Mega was accepted as one of two new members of the PBA during the 1990 season, joining soft drink rival Pop Cola. They were known as Pepsi Hotshots in their maiden year 1990, their first coach was the late Ed Ocampo, assisted by Olympian Bobby Littaua, and Team Manager was Steve Watson, after winning its inaugural game vs fellow expansion team Pop Cola, 149-130 with import Derek Hamilton scoring 77 points, the Hotshots lost all their remaining games in the first conference, the losing streak stretched in the All-Filipino, counting to a 15-game losing streak before finally winning again over Pop Cola, In the third conference, Derek Pumaren replaced Ed Ocampo as Hotshots head coach and the Pepsi franchise went 0 wins, 10 losses in the season-ending tournament..

In 1991, Pepsi acquired Manny Victorino from Presto, and team improved its number of won games, but still failed to make past eliminations in the first two conferences. They attempted to become a competitive team by offering a 5-year, P25 million contract to Purefoods TJ Hotdogs' top gun Alvin Patrimonio. However, Patrimonio to stayed with Purefoods after his mother team matched the offer. But despite this, this did not stop Pepsi from entering the semifinals and finishing fourth among the eight teams in the third conference.

In 1992, Pepsi acquired ROY Eugene Quilban in a trade which sent Jun Reyes to Alaska, the hotshots placed 7th in the first conference. After the 349 controversy, they were known as the 7-Up Bottlers, one of the brands which Pepsi (Philippines) bottled and marketed in the Philippines.

7-Up would place runner-up in the 1992 Reinforced Conference. Their import was an NBA veteran point guard, Dell Demps. They would be swept by the Swift Mighty Meaties led by Tony Harris in the finals 4-0. [1]. Prior to the finals, Seven-Up and Swift were fined on a so-so game where Swift intentionally lose the match in order to eliminate Ginebra from the finals race. Seven-Up was bannered by players Manny Victorino, Abet Guidaben, Eugene Quilban and Naning Valenciano. Quilban recorded 28 assists during a game that year, which is still a PBA record.

Despite getting 2nd overall pick Victor Pablo, 7-Up failed to reach the semifinals in the first two conferences of the season. In the third conference, the team reverted back to Pepsi Hotshots. Pepsi eventually placed fourth in the 1993 Governor's Cup.

Before the 1994 PBA Governor's Cup, Pepsi and Sunkist were involved in a rare coaching trade that saw Derrick Pumaren moving to the RFM franchise for Yeng Guiao. Despite the coaching change, Pepsi's on and off performance continued with their best finish taking the third-place in the 1994 Governor's Cup with import Ronnie Coleman. In the 1995, even with a strong start in the Governor's Cup, in which they had a 5-2 win-loss card but never took home a trophy at the end of the tournament.

Pepsi was also known as a hard-luck PBA team because it never found considerable success after finishing runner-up in the 1992 Reinforced Conference. After it failed to land Alvin Patrimonio in 1991, the ballclub attempted again in 1995 to dangle a 5-year, P28.8 million contract to Sta. Lucia Realtors' main man Jun Limpot. However, Sta. Lucia matched the offer and Pepsi had to contend with blue-collar players in Alvin Teng (acquired from San Miguel in exchange for Victor Pablo), Dindo Pumaren (from Purefoods in exchange for Richie Ticzon), Eugene Quilban and Boy Cabahug to lead the team.

Mobiline Cellulars

After the 1996 PBA All-Filipino Cup, Pepsi Hotshots was renamed as the Mobiline Cellulars, a product of telecommunications company Pilipino Telephone Corporation (Piltel). There is some confusion or lack of information on how the team was renamed from a soft drink product to a cellphone brand. One fan from explained his own take.

My opinion is that the Piltel franchise came to be only in 1996 even if then Pepsi owner Luis "Moro" Lorenzo was somehow a stockholder of Piltel. My recollection is that when Mobiline became the "new name" of Pepsi Hotshots, it was Choy Cojuangco who was already running the basketball operations of the team. He then eventually turned the reins over to his brother Tonyboy who thereafter, sold his shares to Manny Pangilinan and the Metro Pacific Group. [1]

The team still retained the lineage of the old Pepsi team in the past as prove in the Official PBA Annual, Hardcourt, in which the win-loss record of Pepsi from 1990-1995 are attached to the Mobiline teams.

The Cellulars retained the old Pepsi team with point guard Eugene Quilban and power forward Alvin Teng leading the team. But the name change did not help the Cellulars contend for the crown.

Mobiline Phone Pals

Mobiline Phone Pals logo from 1997 to 2001.

In 1997, Mobiline acquired the first overall pick from Pop Cola and used it to draft Filipino-American Andrew John Seigle. The Cellulars also drafted Patrick Fran, Tony Boy Espinosa. Mobiline hired former San Miguel coach Norman Black and acquired 1995 Rookie of the Year Jeffrey Cariaso from Alaska via an offer sheet bearing a three-year contract worth P18.3 million.

In the All-Filipino, the Cellulars advanced to the semi-finals but faltered in the Commissioner's Cup with Isaish Morris as reinforcement. In the Governor's Cup, they paraded Artemus "Tee" McClary and hired a new coach in Derrick Pumaren and Tommy Manotoc as consultant. Mobiline posted a decent finish in the Governor's Cup but failed to enter the semis.

In 1998, the Phone Pals struggled in the All-Filipino with a 4-7 record. In the Commissioner's Cup, another change was done as it hired former Purefoods mentor Eric Altamirano. The Pals, like in the '97 Governor's Cup were eliminated in the quarterfinals with Terquin Mott as import.

Centennial Cup Champions

Andy Seigle and Jeffrey Cariaso were borrowed by the national team for the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. They captured the 1998 PBA Centennial (the Philippines was then celebrating its 100th anniversary of the independence from Spain) Cup by beating Shell by a hairline, 67-66, in overtime led by imports Silas Mills and McClary, with the help of veteran locals Glen Capacio and Al Solis. However, the Centennial Cup was a special tournament and the title was not considered as an official championship.

The records after the elimination round of the tournament was carried over in the Governor's Cup. The Pals retained their winning way and advanced to the finals in a rematch with the Zoom Masters. Mobiline held a 3-2 series lead but lost the last two games to wind up in second place. Mills would end up winning the Best Import of the Governor's Cup.

Asi Taulava era

Seeking for bigger things in 1999, the Pals acquired Filipino-Tongan Pauliasi Taulava to man the Pals frontline along with Seigle. Mobiline started the All-Filipino with a 7-0 record before losing a crucial game to San Miguel. The Pals end up with the best record after the elimination phase but was defeated by a gritty Barangay Ginebra Kings squad despite a twice to beat advantage on Bal David's incredible last second shot.

The rest of the year, Mobiline would be eliminated in the quarters during the Commissioner's and Governor's Cup while Taulava's eligibility as a legitimate Filipino-foreigner was questioned. During the midseason, Mobiline traded Andy Seigle to Purefoods for veteran Jerry Codinera.

2000 saw some lineup change for the Phone Pals as it acquired Vic Pablo in the three-team trade that sent Jeffrey Cariaso to Tanduay and Mark Telan to Shell Velocity.

Taulava would be deported later in the year as the Pals were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the All-Filipino with new coach Louie Alas. The Pals wound up with the best record in the elimination phase of the Governor's Cup. After surviving a quarterfinals meeting with Barangay Ginebra, Purefoods eliminate Mobiline in four games. The Phone Pals finished 4th after losing to Batang Red Bull Thunder in a knockout game for third place.

Talk 'N Text Phone Pals

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In 2001, the Phone Pals tried to acquire Kenneth Duremdes through free agency, but Alaska matched Mobiline's offer sheet of a reported 48 million pesos, and Duremdes stayed with the Aces.

The Phone Pals drafted former Manila Metrostar Gilbert Demape, but the Phone Pals, for the sixth time in seven conferences, were eliminated by top seed Shell in the quarterfinals.

In the Commissioner's Cup, the Pals bannered Michigan University standout Jerod Ward who exploded for 61 points in his debut. Later, Taulava returned to the Philippines after an apporval by the Justice Department but despite that, the Phone Pals failed to get past the quarterfinals. The Governor's Cup was also the same fate for the Phone Pals despite changing their name to Talk 'N Text and having Brandon Williams as import.

Under foreign coaches

Before the 2002 season, Alas was fired by Talk 'N Text and hired former UNLV coach Bill Bayno despite numerous calls by the nationalist Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines to ban the American mentor. Although they lost Asi Taulava and Patrick Fran to the National Pool, Talk 'N Text was bannered by Richie Frahm and Jerald Honeycutt, a replacement for an original import. The Phone Pals end up as the top team in the elimination phase of the Governor's Cup but suffered the same fate as 1999 when the eighth seed San Miguel Beermen upset the Pals.

But Talk 'N Text finally broke the spell in the Commissioner's Cup, led by Honeycutt and Pete Mickeal, the seventh seeded Phone Pals defeated Sta. Lucia in the quarterfinals and Alaska in a five game semis affair to enter their third Finals appearance in team history, and the first since 1998. In the end, Red Bull defeated Talk 'N Text in seven grueling games.

Bayno later left the team, but without some parting shots on the PBA when he accused the league of favoring the San Miguel Corporation teams.

In the All-Filipino, Taulava returned to the team after his national team stint in the Asian Games but the Phone Pals got the early boot in the quarterfinals under new head coach Paul Woolpert, another American coach who replaced the departed Bill Bayno.

In 2003, the Phone Pals used two first round picks to draft Fil-Americans Harvey Carey and Jimmy Alapag, who was with the RP national pool in 2002. The Pals struggled early in the All-Filipino and midway to that tournament, Woolpert left the team and was replaced with Ateneo coach Joel Banal, who led the Blue Eagles to the UAAP title in 2002.

2003 All-Filipino Championship

Since then, Talk 'N Text rose to the tournament and captured the All-Filipino Cup over defending champion Coca-Cola in six games. After an overtime win in Game Five, the Phone Pals became the first team since 1982 to come back from a 0-2 deficit to win the next four games after a hard-fought Game Six victory. Taulava was named as the PBA Finals MVP, after winning the Best Player of the Conference award.

Post-championship era

They also qualified in the 2003 PBA Invitationals where four guest teams were invited. Joel Banal left the team for the moment to concentrate on his Ateneo Blue Eagles stint in the UAAP. The Phone Pals did not qualify for the semis but not without controversy. Needing to win by eight points over Red Bull Barako to qualify, the Phone Pals deliberately fouled several Red Bull players in the last two minutes to force an overtime or even reached the needed eight point margin. The game turned out to be more disgraceful when Jojo Manalo tried to hit a three-pointer on Red Bull's basket. The incident led to a hefty fine and a five game suspension to acting coach Ariel Vanguardia.

In the revived Reinforced Conference, Talk 'N Text was bannered by Damien Cantrell but the Phone Pals finished with a 7-6 mark, good for 4th place in Group B. They upset the top seeded Red Bull Barako 2-1 that ended with Jimwell Torion's clothesline on Jimmy Alapag's face that led to the latter's suspension for eight months, which was later reduced.

In the semis, Talk 'N Text was swept by eventual champions Coca-Cola, but the Phone Pals captured third place in the tournament after beating Sta. Lucia in a one game playoff for third place.

Asi Taulava became the first Filipino-foreign player since Ricardo Brown in 1985 to win the coveted Most Valuable Player award. Jimmy Alapag won the Rookie of the Year honors to wrapped up the Phone Pals' incredible year.

2004-05 season

Joel Banal resigned as Ateneo head coach to concentrate on the Talk 'N Text team. In the 2004 PBA Fiesta Conference, the Phone Pals were bannered by 2002 MVP Willie Miller and Yancy de Ocampo in separate deals with Red Bull and FedEx.

The Phone Pals made it to the semis of the tournament, but lost in a three-game showdown with crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings.

In the 2004-05 Philippine Cup, the Phone Pals placed second in the classification phase to qualify for the semi-finals. The Phone Pals swept the Shell Turbo Chargers but was defeated in six games by Barangay Ginebra.

During the said tournament, Asi Taulava was considered by the Department of Justice as one of six Filipino-foreigners suspected of falsifying their documents. Taulava was suspended by the PBA indefinitely, along with five other players.

Taulava gained some advantage from the Quezon City RTC, but the PBA still didn't gave Taulava the go-signal. In the Finals of the Philippine Cup, the Phone Pals used Taulava despite the league's refusal to allow Taulava. Talk 'N Text reasoned a court order that allows Asi to play in the series. The Phone Pals wound up winning Game One by double figures, but the game was forfeited two days later, awarding the win to Barangay Ginebra. The Phone Pals later announced that they will not allow Taulava to play for the rest of the series.

In the 2004-05 Fiesta Conference, the Phone Pals finished first after the classification phase, earning an outright semi-finals berth. In the semis, the Phone Pals eliminating the soon departing Shell Turbo Chargers, 3-1, to face San Miguel in the finals series.

Taulava was once again used by Talk 'N Text, but this time the league gave the go-signal for Taulava to return and play for his mother ballclub. Asi showed rustiness during the series as the Phone Pals lost the series to San Miguel, 4-1. Willie Miller was named as the Best Player of the Conference.

2005-06 season

Talk 'N Text acquired rookies Anthony Washington and Mark Cardona from the Air21 Express for Yancy de Ocampo and Patrick Fran in separate deals.

The Phone Pals were considered as top favorites in the 2005-2006 Fiesta Conference. However, the Phone Pals lost in five grueling games to Air21 in the quarterfinals. During the series, import Damien Cantrell was replaced by former Detroit Piston and NBA champion Darvin Ham. But Ham did not fit in Talk 'N Text's system and struggled.

After the disappointing finish in the said tournament, Joel Banal resigned as head coach and was replaced by former amateur coach Derrick Pumaren. The change made some good strides in the early stages of his second stint with Talk 'N Text. With Pumaren using the star players Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag, and mixing Harvey Carey and seldom-used rookie Mark Cardona, the Phone Pals went 5-4 through nine games of the Philippine Cup.

However, the Phone Pals suffered three succeeding losses, prompting team officials to land Ren-Ren Ritualo from Air21 for Leo Avenido and a future first round draft pick, and Don Allado from Alaska for Willie Miller, John Ferriols and a future first round pick on May 8. The move saw the Phone Pals as a potential title contender with the squad boasting a group of star players from their past teams along with Taulava, Alapag, Cardona and Carey. Even with a strong lineup, the trade put the Phone Pals in a deeper hole losing three more games before a win against Coca-Cola gave them a disappointing 6-10 card.

In the wildcard phase, the Phone Pals did not win a single game in the round-robin format. In their initial game, Talk 'N Text lost to Barangay Ginebra, eliminating them from quarterfinal contention before losing their final two games to Air21 and Sta. Lucia.

The Phone Pals had a shot of taking the No. 1 pick in the draft but they traded that rights to Air21 in a trade months ago, which dealt a big blow to the franchise. Rumors then speculated that TNT management was set to make drastic changes for the team after their disappointing season.

2006-07 season

Talk 'N Text has released Poch Juinio while the contracts of Vergel Meneses and Chris Cantonjos were not renewed, leaving the team with only 10 players. The Phone Pals participated in the 2006 NBA Summer Pro League. In the 2006 PBA Draft, the Phone Pals selected Mark Andaya in the first round, their only pick in the draft.

Talk 'N Text managed to start off big in the 2006-07 PBA Philippine Cup, but a string of losses put them beneath the standings. After a late surge, followed by a crucial Christmas Day victory over Ginebra, gave the team a 10-8 record and a quarterfinals berth against Purefoods. The Phone Pals won the series 3-1 dethroning the defending Philippine Cup champions by winning the next three games by convincing margins. At the semifinals, they took crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings to six games but they were eliminated by the eventual champions; they defeated Red Bull Barako in the third-place game.

In the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference, the Phone Pals barged into the Finals after surviving a quarterfinal scare against the Air21 Express and upsetting first seed Red Bull Barako to face the Alaska Aces. The Aces drew first blood by taking game 1 but fell behind with a 1-2 series deficit after newly crowned Best Player of the Conference Mark Cardona scoring big. Newly crowned MVP candidate Willie Miller erupted for 29 points to tie the series. Cardona then had an answer when he top-scored all locals on Game 5.

Cardona gave the ball away in the dying seconds for the Aces to tie the series 3-all. Game 7 was a tight affair but the Aces broke through with a Miller steal off Cardona to seal Talk 'N Text's third successive Finals defeat.

The end of the Asi Taulava era

Talk 'N Text was a rising powerhouse team after the 2007 Fiesta Conference Finals, with a star-studded line-up bannered by Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag, Don Allado, Jay Washington, Harvey Carey, Renren Ritualo, Mac-Mac Cardona, and Yousif Aljamal. However, former MVP Taulava's point production dipped when he opted to concentrate on the defensive end. His dismal performance in the team cost him his slot at the Phone Pals roster. On November 26, 2007, the Asi Taulava era at Talk 'N Text officially ended when the prized Fil-Tongan center was shipped to the Coca-Cola Tigers in exchange for Ali Peek and a 2008 first-round draft pick.

Taulava and the Tigers then had a 5-game winning streak, while the Phone Pals could only muster a three-game winning streak of their own. On the final game of the elimination round, with TNT needing to win to force a playoff for the last quarterfinal berth, Taulava and the Tigers beat the Phone Pals to deny them the playoff and instead arranged a sudden death wildcard game between the two teams. With Taulava and another ex-Phone Pal Mark Telan playing inspired basketball, the Tigers eliminated the #6 seed Phone Pals in the first wildcard round.

This led to rumors of team management firing Derrick Pumaren and his staff but after a meeting with the players, it was decided to defer the decision until after the next tournament, the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference.[2]

However, on January 28, 2008, it was announced that former San Miguel Beermen head coach Chot Reyes would replace Pumaren as coach[3]

In the 2008 Fiesta Conference, Talk 'N Text had a 5-game losing streak after starting with a 7–3 record to finish with a 9–9 record. This caused them to go through the wildcard phase once again; after beating Purefoods in a fight-marred contest, the Phone Pals dropped at the second wildcard round against the Sta. Lucia Realtors to deny them of quarterfinal qualification for the 2007–08 season.

Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

The team announced a new name for the 2008–09 season, the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. The Tropang Texters drafted Jared Dillinger and Singapore Slingers' Jason Castro, who had left the team after the team left Australia's National Basketball League, center Robert Reyes. The Texters relied on Mark Cardona to finish with a 11–7 record, good for second place and a semifinal berth, behind Alaska. Cardona participated in the last two plays that led to their Finals qualification, beating the San Miguel Beermen in Game 6. The Texters and the Aces faced off anew in the Finals, this time with Talk 'N Text winning in seven games, thanks to Cardona, Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo's plays down the stretch in Game 7.

2009-10 season preparations

During the off-season, Tropang Texters signed Nic Belasco and dealt 18th draft pick Kevin White to the Gin Kings. They have also transferred Yousif Aljamal and Rob Reyes to the Barako Bull.

Japeth to TNT

After a lot of deliberation, Japeth Aguilar finally was ousted from the Burger King Whoppers as he was forwarded to the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in exchange for four first round future picks (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) and undisclosed amount of money.

2009-2010 season

The TNT walk out against Ginebra during their Game 4 of the Quarter Finals and they failed to defend their title. As a preparation to the Fiesta Conference they traded Ren-Ren Ritualo & Yancy de Ocampo to the Air 21 in exchange fo JR Quinahan, Mark Yee & Aaron Aban.

2010-2011 Champions

The TNT won the Championship in the 2010-2011 Philippine Cup on February 4, 2011. They defeated the San Miguel Beermen in Game 6. They finish the game 95-82. The Finals MVP are Jason Castro and Jimmy Alapag. This is the 3rd Championship of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. 2 championships came from coach Chot Reyes.

The TNT won the Championship in the 2011 Commissioner's Cup on May 8, 2011 in an epic OT win against the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series. They finish the game 99-96. The Finals MVP are still Jason Castro and Jimmy Alapag. This is the 4th Championship of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. 3 championships came from coach Chot Reyes.

Coming into the Governor's Cup, TNT were heavy favorites as they aimed for the rare triple crown conference. They ended up at solo first place in the elimination with a 6-2 win-loss record, and added three wins against two losses in the semifinal round to secure the first finals seat eventually facing the depleted Petron Blaze Boosters in a full seven game series, which started with a buzzer beater win by Petron. Their shot at the Grandslam was revived when they recovered from a 3-2 deficit to force a Game 7 but eventually lost to Petron, 85-73. Jimmy Alapag was still named season MVP.

Current roster

Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters rosterv · d · e
Players Coaches
Pos. # POB Name Ht. Wt. College
PG 3 United States Alapag, Jimmy Injured (C) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) CSU San Bernardino*
PF 4 United States Carey, Harvey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sonoma State*
PG 5 Philippines Membrere, Magnum 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ateneo*
G/F 6 Philippines Gamalinda, Riego 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 184 lb (83 kg) San Beda*
G 10 United States Reyes, Ryan Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Cal State Fullerton*
G/F 12 Philippines Fonacier, Larry 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ateneo*
PG 16 Philippines Raymundo, John (R) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) San Sebastian*
G 17 Philippines Castro, Jason 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 167 lb (76 kg) PCU*
C 18 Philippines Lao, Gilbert 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UST*
F 20 United States Dillinger, Jared 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Hawaii*
F 21 United States Williams, Kelly 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oakland*
G 22 United States Weinstein, Shawn 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) St. Edward's University*
PG 27 Philippines Oreta, Emmerson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UST*
PF 30 United States Waters, Charles (IN) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Webster*
F 33 Philippines De Ocampo, Ranidel 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Saint Francis of Assisi*
F/C 34 United States Peek, Ali Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Saint Mary's*
F/C 35 Philippines Aguilar, Japeth 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Western Kentucky*
PF 40 Philippines Alvarez, Rich 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Ateneo*
G/F 51 Philippines Aban, Aaron Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Letran*
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) - Import
  • Injured Injured

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Japeth Aguilar Ali Peek Gilbert Lao
PF Ranidel de Ocampo Harvey Carey Rich Alvarez
SF Kelly Williams Jared Dillinger Aaron Aban
SG Jason Castro Larry Fonacier Emerson Oreta
PG Jimmy Alapag Ryan Reyes John Raymundo Shawn Weinstein

Season-by-season records

Records from the last 3 seasons:
Season Conference Elimination round Playoffs
Finish W L  % Stage Results
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2008-2009 Philippine Cup 2nd 11 7 .611 Semifinals
Talk 'N Text 4, San Miguel 2
Talk 'N Text 4, Alaska 3
Fiesta Conference 7th 7 7 .500 Wildcard phase Purefoods 126, Talk 'N Text 123 (2OT)*
2009-2010 Philippine Cup 5th 11 7 .611 Quarterfinals Barangay Ginebra 3, Talk 'N Text 2
Fiesta Conference 3rd 15 3 .833 Semifinals
3rd-place playoff
Alaska 4, Talk 'N Text 3
Talk 'N Text 113, B-Meg Derby Ace 95*
2010-2011 Philippine Cup 1st 11 3 .786 Quarterfinals
Talk 'N Text**107, Rain or Shine 92
Talk 'N Text 4, B-Meg Derby Ace 2
Talk 'N Text 4, San Miguel 2
Commissioner's Cup 1st 8 1 .889 Semifinals
Talk 'N Text 3, Air21 0
Talk 'N Text 4, Barangay Ginebra 2
Governors Cup 1st 6 2 .750 Semifinals
1st overall (9–4), 3–2 in semifinals
Petron 4, Talk 'N Text 3
Elimination round 69 30 .697 7 post-wildcard appearances
Playoffs 36 25 .590 3 championships

*one-game playoffs

Players of note

PBA's 25th anniversary all-time team

  • Jerry Codiñera - played for the Mobiline Phone Pals from 1999 to 2001.
  • Abet Guidaben - played for 7/Up-Pepsi squad from 1990 to 1993.
  • Vergel Meneses - "The Aerial Voyager" played for Talk 'N Text in the 2006 Philippine Cup.

Other notable players

  • Dennis Abbatuan
  • Peter Aguilar
  • Jonathan Aldave
  • Yousif Aljamal
  • Don Allado
  • Pongkee Alolor
  • Eric Altamirano
  • Bong Alvarez
  • Leo Austria
  • Gido Babilonia
  • Felix Belano
  • Nic Belasco
  • Egay Billones
  • Lowell Briones
  • Elmer Cabahug
  • Chris Cantonjos
  • Glenn Capacio
  • Harvey Carey
  • Jeffrey Cariaso - "The Jet"
  • Joy Carpio
  • Merwin Castelo
  • Jason Castro
  • Gec Chia
  • Harmon Codiñera
  • Tim Coloso
  • Gabby Cui
  • Jonathan de Guzman
  • Richard del Rosario
  • Jherome Ejercito
  • Pong Escobal
  • Tony Boy Espinosa
  • John Ferriols
  • Patrick Fran
  • Niño Gelig
  • Willie Generalao - "The General"
  • Jeffrey Graves
  • Nap Hatton
  • Paul Harris
  • Mark Isip
  • Padim Israel
  • Jun Jabar
  • Dwight Lago
  • Elmer Lago
  • Gilbert Lao
  • Noli Locsin
  • Romy Lopez
  • Totoy Marquez
  • Peter Martin
  • Carlito Mejos
  • Willie Miller - "The Triller"
  • Jose Cadel Mosqueda
  • Vic Pablo
  • Ali Peek - "Man Mountain"
  • Franz Pumaren - "The Missile"
  • Dindo Pumaren - "The Bullet"
  • Eugene Quilban
  • Kevin Ramas
  • Badong Ramos
  • Bong Ravena
  • Ricky Relosa
  • Eric Reyes
  • Gilbert "Jun" Reyes
  • Robert Reyes
  • Ren-Ren Ritualo
  • Joey Santamaria
  • Andy Seigle - 1997 PBA Rookie of the Year
  • Al Solis
  • Mark Anthony Tallo
  • Asi Taulava - 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • Mark Telan
  • Alvin Teng - "Robocop"
  • Ritchie Ticzon
  • Zeuberg Torres
  • Naning Valenciano
  • Manny Victorino
  • Yoyoy Villamin - "The Bicolano Superman"
  • Larry Villanil
  • Vernie Villarias
  • Anton Villoria
  • Rey Yñcierto
  • Tonichi Yturri




Preceded by
PBA Centennial Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Coca-Cola Tigers
PBA All-Filipino Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Barangay Ginebra Kings
Preceded by
Sta. Lucia Realtors
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
PBA Philippine Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Preceded by
Red Bull Thunder
PBA Commissioner's Cup Champions
Succeeded by

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