FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
An undermanned Talk ‘N Text team battles winless in the opener of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters and the Clickers square off at 5:15 p.m. with the former hoping to strengthen their hold of the top spot.

In the main tiff, Meralco and Powerade collide at 7:30 p.m.

Talk ‘N Text enters the game with a depleted roster but remains the favorite to prevail against Shopinas, which has yet to win in the PBA after nine starts.
Jimmy Alapag, Ali Peek, Aaron Aban, Rich Alvarez and Ryan Reyes will miss time for the defending champions, who are holding a 6-1 win-loss mark.

TNT head coach Chot Reyes hopes that the other players will step up and fill the gap.

“We’re making do with what we have and try to strike a balance while staying sharp without overextending the players in practice,” said Reyes.

“We’re left with only seven players of our regular rotation and of these, Harvey (Carey) and Ranidel (de Ocampo) are still not in game shape,” he added.

In the second game, the Bolts hope to get back on track with a win against the Tigers, who are on a mini slide, losing their last two games.

Meralco is currently tied with B-MEG for fifth spot with 5-4 slate while Powerade is at the lower half of the standings with a 3-5 mark.

“We are treating the game with great urgency. We are not leaving anything to chance,” said Bolts head coach Ryan Gregorio.

“We respect their (Powerade’s) game so we prepared hard to counter it. Our team is slowly showing great signs of maturity. We are learning to win close shaves. Just stay close,” he added.

Powerade mentor Bo Perasol said his team also needs to fell the urgency to stay within striking distance of their target.

“The learning curve that we are undergoing is something we need to fast track,” said Perasol. “We need to do whatever it takes to win. To position ourselves in the next round is our immediate goal.”


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