Kings battle Batang Pier
MANILA, Philippines – Air21 is preparing for Talk 'N Text's comeback when they square off in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Franz Pumaren and the Express team know they have their hands full as the Texters seek to score their first win in the import-flavored tournament.
"We know TNT is a better team from what they showed in their last game," Pumaren said on the PBA website.
The Texters suffered a 92-99 upset at the hands of Meralco during their season opener last Sunday.
The Express, on the other hand, opened their Commissioner's Cup campaign by shocking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
With the help of import Michael Dunigan, Air21 pulled the rug from under Ginebra, 74-70.
Dunigan debuted with 26 points, 19 rebounds, 5 shot blocks.
In the second game, the Gin Kings will try to get into the winning column when they face GlobalPort.
Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua hopes their import Herbert Hill will have a better performance this time around.
The 6'10" Hill was limited to 17 points during their clash with Air21.
“Kailangan mas lalong maging active yung import namin at mag-step up ang locals,” said Chua. “We don’t have much problem on defense. We have to work harder on offense.”
Chua said Hill knows that they are currently in search for a better import.
He said all he asks for the import is to play better.
“Naririnig naman niya siguro. Sabi ko lang sa kanya just keep on playing. That’s the best you can do,” said Chua.
The Kings’ main concern is to defend against GlobalPort’s Justin Williams, Japeth Aguilar, Sol Mercado and Gary David.
Game time will be at 7:30 p.m.