Barroca, San Mig expect TNT to fight back
MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Super Coffee point guard Mark Barroca said the Mixers are prepared to face the “real” Talk 'N Text team in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioners Cup Finals after racing to a 95-80 victory in Game 1.
Barroca had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in Game 1 as the Mixers snapped the Texters’ 13-game winning streak, but the point guard said they should not be satisfied with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
“Wala pa sa amin ‘yung 1-0, kasi one game is just one game,” said Barroca in a PBA.ph interview. “Ang gusto namin ngayon, makuha ‘yung Game 2 para mas maganda, para mas may gap kami sa kanila.”
Barroca said they are expecting a better, tougher Talk 'N Text team in Sunday night’s Game 2 – the team that went undefeated in the elimination round and rolled over Ginebra and Rain or Shine in the first quarter-finals and semi-finals.
“Alam naming hindi ‘yun ‘yung Talk 'N Text na nag 13-0, so ‘yung next game, maga-adjust sila, at ready lang kami sa mga little things na paga-adjustan namin,” said Barroca. “Basta kami, trabaho kami para makuha ‘yung championship.”
“Truly, they weren’t the same team in Game 1,” agreed San Mig coach Tim Cone. “They beat themselves more than we beat them, and we have to understand that.”
Cone noted that they were still carrying the momentum from a hard-fought semi-final series against the Air21 Express, while the Texters have been off for a while, having swept Rain or Shine in their own match-up.
“We played pretty well, but it’s more of them not being sharp,” said Cone. “We’re gonna see a much better Talk 'N Text team in Game 2 and as the series goes along.”
Game time is at 5 p.m.