MANILA, Philippines – Despite leveling the series, 2-2, defending champion Talk N' Text still has no reason to relax when it faces B-Meg Derby Ace in Game 5 of their PBA finals clash.
Talk N' Text coach Chot Reyes told PBA.ph that his team needs to come out with better effort and more intensity against B-Meg.
"Game 4 was the only game we've really won so far," Reyes said of their best-of-7 Commissioner’s Cup title showdown against the Llamados.
The Texters grabbed the series momentum with a 100-85 victory in Game 4 against the Llamados.
"We're lucky to be tied 2-2," pointed out Reyes.
For his part, B-Meg tactician Tim Cone wants to win Game 5 minus the scuffle that took place during their last outing.
Two of his players, Josh Urbiztondo and Joe Devance, figured out in a late game fracas with Texter Pamboy Raymundo.
Raymundo incurred a one-game suspension and a P40,000 fine for his infractions against Urbiztondo and Devance.
Devance was also fined P20,000 for tossing the ball at Raymundo's face during the commotion while Urbiztondo was fined P2,400 for a technical foul.
"It's now down to a best-of-3 so we have to put away all the extracurricular stuff that went on in the last game and refocus on what's ahead," said Cone.
Minus the commotion, Cone said he wants his players to come out with a higher level of intensity.
"We were out-energized and 'out-physicaled' in the last game and we have to turn that around in Game 5," said Cone.
Game 5 will take place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum starting 6:45 pm.