MANILA, Philippines – Talk N’ Text coach Chot Reyes said they are unlikely to retain their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title if Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo remain on “vacation” against B-Meg Derby Ace.
The Texters are behind in the best-of-7 title series, 2-1, after yielding to the Llamados, 91-87, in Game 3 last Friday.
Reyes blamed their loss to the dull performances of Alapag and De Ocampo, who form the core of their offensive unit.
“We’re not gonna beat B-Meg unless Ranidel and Jimmy come back from their early vacation,” he said in PBA.ph.
Alapag, who averages 12.4 per game, was held to just 6 points in Game 3.
From an average of 11.9 per outing, De Ocampo was held to just a point in their latest skirmish against B-Meg.
“Josh Urbiztondo and Marc Pingris were disabusing Jimmy and Ranidel. Ranidel didn’t even take a single two-point shot. Jimmy couldn’t make his shots. That’s too much load for Ryan Reyes and Jayson Castro to carry,” Reyes added.
To beat B-Meg, these two players would have to step up. “We can beat them with a full roster, not with a depleted lineup,” he said.
PBA action between the two teams resumes on Sunday. Game 4 unfurls at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 6 pm.
B-Meg is expected to lean again on import Denzel Bowles and locals James Yap and Urbiztondo.
Bowles had a superb performance in Game 3, tallying 28 points, 13 rebounds to go with his 6 blocks, 4 assists and 2 steals.
“Denzel came back with a monster game. He made the big shots. He showed maturity, not picking up his sixth foul until only four seconds left in the game,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.