MANILA, Philippines – The Barako Bull Energy will try to close out their best-of-five semifinals series against the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in what is expected to be a highly physical Game 4 tonight at the Araneta Coliseum.
Barako is leading the series, 2-1, after once again shutting down the Texters, 85-81, last Saturday.
"We'll try to slay a giant in Game Four," Barako head coach Junel Baculi told PBA.ph.
Baculi and his players hope to end their five-game series tonight, knowing that they will be "in trouble" if the Texters manage to force a deciding Game Five.
Just last conference, the Texters trailed the Petron Blaze Boosters 1-3 in their best-of-seven semifinals showdown, but won the last three games to get to the Finals, where they beat Powerade in five games.
"If we give them a chance, mahihirapan na kami. That's why we have to end it in Game Four," Baculi said.
Barako will once again rely on their defense against the Texters, with Baculi saying that they will try to "keep the score low for us to have a chance of winning."
The Energy stunned TNT in the series opener, 83-77, holding the Texters to only six-of-30 shooting from beyond the arc.
Talk 'N Text came out on fire in the high-scoring Game Two and won 123-98 to equalize. But in Game Three, Barako went back to its defensive mode and held TNT to six-of-28 three-point shooting en route to the 85-81 victory.
"I hope we show the same effort, intensity and desire in Game Four," Baculi said.
The Energy are looking to make only their second Finals appearance in franchise history. As Air21, they made the championship round in the 2007-08 Fiesta Conference, where they lost to Barangay Ginebra.