MANILA, Philippines – The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters aim to seal a spot in the Top Four and the twice-to-beat advantage that comes with it when they play the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Governors Cup Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
TNT currently has a 5-1 record and is riding a four-game winning streak, and a win against Barako will allow it to claim an outright spot in the Top Four and the twice-to-beat bonus as well.
But TNT head coach Norman Black warned that Barako Bull, despite its 2-5 record, won’t be easy pickings for the league-leading Texters, especially with its new import, Allen Durham.
Durham, in his debut, registered a triple-double to lead Barako’s 122-98 rout of GlobalPort Batang Pier last weekend.
“Judging by what I saw in there against GlobalPort, we will have to find a way to control the inside game of Durham,” Black told PBA.ph. “Not only is he a good post player, but it’s his offensive reboundings that gives his teammates confidence in their outside shooting.”
Barako Bull will be matched up against TNT import Tony Harris.
The Energy are fighting for survival in this conference, as they are tied with the Meralco Bolts for eighth place in the league standings.
Game time is at 8 p.m.