MANILA, Philippines – Norman Black has taken over the coaching reins of Talk ‘N Text on Friday as he watched his team grind out a hard-earned 108-104 win over Globalport in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Black, who steered the Ateneo Blue Eagles to their 5th straight UAAP title victory, again weaved his “black magic” to help the Tropang Texters pull off a difficult win against the Batang Pier.
“We’re still a work in progress,” said Black in PBA.ph shortly after the game.
“We’re looking to combine the dribble-drive offense [of Reyes] with some set plays to make us more unpredictable. If you noticed there were a lot of miscommunication out there but in three or four more weeks, we should be running smoothly.”
Black spent the first three quarters on the bench, while allowing his assistant coach Nash Racela to call the shots.
He decided to take over when the Batang Pier started to trim the Texters' lead.
The Philippine Cup defending champions saw their 16-point lead decimated when Globalport mounted a huge run to seize a 104-101 advantage in the fourth.
The Tropang Texters came back and regained the lead when Ranidel De Ocampo drilled in a triple off Larry Fonacier’s assist, 108-104.
Jayson Castro set a league conference-high 30 points to lead Talk ‘N Text, while Ryan Reyes and Larry Fonacier each scored 19.
Miller topscored Globalport with 22. But the Batang Pier sorely missed the services of Gary David, who suffered a bruised knee during practice.