MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion Talk ‘N Text will be gunning for win No. 2 against Alaska when they resume their best-of-7 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel on Friday.
Despite leading the series, 1-0, the Tropang Texters expect another tough time against the Aces whom they edged, 66-65, on Wednesday’s Game 1.
Talk ‘N Text was staring at a two-point deficit and needed a three-pointer from Ryan Reyes in final 14.3 seconds to thwart the upset conscious Alaska.
“Obviously, they did a lot of good things and we have to go back and take a look at that,” said Texters coach Norman Black on the league official website.
“We grinded it out and it showed what the team is made of,” said Black. “We could have given up but we grinded it out in the end.”
But Alaska coach Luigi Trillo is confident that they can bounce back from the loss, especially after they managed to hold the defending champions to a neck-and-neck game.
“Overall, it gives me hope. This [Talk ‘N Text] is a team that you would want to idolize. You look at them, they won four championships in the last three years. We’ve got some veterans and some rookies. We just have to work our way because this thing is not over,” he said.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
San Mig seek equalizer vs RoS
Meanwhile, San Mig Coffee is seeking to bounce back from their Game 1 loss to Rain or Shine in the other semifinals match up.
The Elasto Painters outscored the Mixers, 91-83, in the semis series that was a reprise of their finals encounter last conference.
“Rain or Shine got everything they wanted to get. We just couldn’t get them out of their comfort zone and we ended up playing a very subpar game,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
“But our guys will respond and put a better effort together for Game 2,” he added. “The key right now is just getting even in the series.”
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, for his part, said they will need to duplicate the same intensity they had against San Mig in Game 1.
Guiao said consistency is the key in beating the Mixers. “We need to be consistent,” he said.
He added that they need to watch out their rebounds and assists.
“Those are the things that coaches will always be talking about, the assists and rebounding numbers,” the Elasto Painter’s coach said.