Talk 'N Text head coach Norman Black. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Talk 'N Text head coach Norman Black commended his players for "gutting it out" against San Mig Coffee in Game 4 of their PBA Governors Cup semi-finals series, especially after the Texters struggled on the offensive end.
"Our defense was pretty sound," Black told PBA.ph of the Texters, who forced a do-or-die Game 5 against the Coffee Mixers by winning Game 4, 84-81, in overtime. [http://pba.inquirer.net/47101/tnt-forces-ko-match]
"We were able to mix up our defenses with man and zone, which in some ways, didn't work because they hit a lot of three points," he admitted. "But at the same time, we cut down a little bit of their inside game."
It looked as though TNT’s season was all but over when San Mig took a 2-0 lead in the series, but the Texters have come alive to tie up the best-of-five match-up.
Black said that like Game 4, his players will have to "gut it out" in Game 5 as well.
"I'm not sure about their physical state. I'm sure both teams are tired at this point, because we got at it every other day, and there's not much break in between," he said.
"But we'll just come out and gut it out on Friday, and try to get a win," he added.
San Mig Coffee forced overtime when James Yap beat the buzzer with a floater to tie the game at 74-all, but the Texters were the better team in the extension. After a PJ Simon triple cut the TNT lead to two, 79-81, the Texters tightened up on defense to hold on to their lead.
"I'll just give my players credit for not getting down, even in the regulation when we should’ve had a chance to win the game," said Black.
"We had a foul to give, we didn't give it, and they ended up scoring in it. At the same time, we stuck together during overtime, and we were able to get the victory," he added.