FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 8, 2011

DESPITE coming off a big win last Sunday, Talk N Text coach Chot Reyes is wary of an opponent that had been beaten badly on the same day. 

“I’m pretty sure they will come out with their best effort because their last game was a disaster for them,” said Reyes of the Powerade Tigers whom the Tropang Texters will lock horns with at 7:30 pm Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. 

 Behind the superb efforts of Ryan Reyes and Kelly Williams, Talk N Text routed Barangay Ginebra, 86-71, Sunday night for its third straight win and improved to 5-1. A victory over Powerade wil give Talk N Text a share of the lead with Rain or Shine (6-1).

On the same night, Powerade payed horrendously against a vengeful Barako Bull and absorbed a terrible beating, 117-78. The Tigers even trailed by 53 points at one juncture. 

 “As much as we want to savor our win against Ginebra, we cannot because we’ll be up aganst a wounded team. I’m sure they (Tigers) will come out with fire and brimstone and we need to get ready for that,” added the fiery TNT mentor. 

So far, Talk N Text has survived the absence of ace playmaker Jimmy Alapag, who might need some more time to recover from an injury. Coach Reyes hinted that Alapag might might not play for the entire month of November. Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and rookie Pamboy Raymundo have done a good job filling in for Alapag. 

Reyes was impressive against the Kings as he led Talk N Text with 20 points on top of four rebounds, six assists and two steals. Another player missed is Harvey Carey. 

But Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo, who along with Alapag played for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad two months back, have slowly but surely regained their old forms. 

 Williams even put together a double-double against Ginebra as he netted 19 points and 11 boards aside from two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. 

 And Talk N Text is expected to lord it over the boards against Powerade as de Ocampo and Williams are supported by Japhet Aguilar and even Gilbert Lao. 

Powerade can only counter with aging Rommel Adducul and Alex Crisano along with undersized Ricky Calimag and William Antonio. 

Coach Bo Perasol is still looking for consistency from his wards. 

After beating Governors Cup champion Petron Blaze, 108-94, the Tigers lost their bite against Barako Bull. 

 Two-time scoring champion Gary David established a career-high 42 points against the Boosters but was held to only five points against the Energy. 

The Tigers are in a three-way tie for sixth to eighth spots with Barangay Ginebra and B-Meg and are looking to improve their chances of getting into the quarterfinal round. (BP)


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