TNT, San Mig kick off semis wars
MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee and Talk 'N Text begin their best-of-five PBA Governors Cup semi-finals series Thursday night, with the Texters hoping to exorcise the ghosts of the previous conference against the Mixers.
Talk 'N Text was the top-seeded team in the Commissioner’s Cup, but they ran into a rampaging San Mig team in the Finals and wound up losing the series in four games.
The Texters are again the top-seed in the season-ending Governors Cup, but they are hoping that this conference will have a different ending than the last one.
“Sana ngayon, kung makarating man kami sa Finals, mas maganda na ‘yung resulta,” said TNT forward Ranidel de Ocampo in a PBA.ph interview.
Talk 'N Text advanced to the final four after beating Barako Bull, 99-84, last Monday, and head coach Norman Black said that no matter who they play, they are expecting a tough series.
“It’s all about my team just focusing on our goals and what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re gonna play our best and we’ll be out there trying to win,” he said.
The Texters found out a day later that they will once again be matched up against the Coffee Mixers, who defeated San Miguel Beer to advance to the semi-finals.
San Mig’s drive for a Grand Slam is still on track, but it is made more difficult by the absence of guard Peter June Simon, who missed the SMB game due to back spasms and is a question mark for Thursday’s contest.
“He’s feeling better now, but we’ll see how long it will stick,” said San Mig head coach Tim Cone.
“At this point in the playoffs, you just go out and win basketball games. Everybody in our team knows that we’ll do everything in the playoffs, and that is to win,” he added.
“Whatever it takes to win, we’re gonna do it any given night. These guys are unselfish, and that’s gonna be the reason for our success,” he added.
Talk 'N Text beat San Mig Coffee, 92-88, in their elimination round game behind a superb shooting performance from TNT import Paul Harris, who made nine three-pointers en route to 39 points.
Game time is at 8 p.m.