FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 5, 2011

Reigning champion Talk n Text hopes to pick up from where it left off as it returns from an eight-day respite tangling with Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. 

The Tropang Texters are a lot fresher and should be pumped up, coming from a 96-86 conquest of the Petron Blaze Boosters in their last game on Oct. 28. Coach Chot Reyes and his troops spent some days during their break holding a team-building session in Benguet.

Reyes, however, has his concerns, foremost of which is the team’s health woe. 

Jimmy Alapag is out for the whole of November while Ranidel de Ocampo and Harvey Carey are day-to-day. Reyes also considers the fact that Ginebra is always a tough opponent. 

 “They’re more dangerous coming off a loss so we must match their spirit,” said Reyes of the Kings whose amazing streak of come-from-behind wins were snapped by the Meralco Bolts just Friday. 

 Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen, meanwhile, said they are again facing a tough task against a formidable lineup. “It’s going to be tough because they’re tall, athletic and quick. We need to double our effort to compensate for our lack of ceiling,” said Tanquingcen. 

“And it’s no secret they strive to quicken the tempo. We need to execute well on offense to minimize their fast break opportunities.” 

 The Texters are right behind the pacesetting Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (6-1) at 4-1 while the Kings are at joint fifth with the Boosters and the Powerade Tigers at 3-3. 

 Coming off back-to-back come-from-behind wins over Powerade and, Ginebra tried to weave another comeback tale versus Meralco Friday but failed, bungling a shot at third place. 

 The Bolts played hard on both ends throughout and bounced back from a blowout the last time out with a 93-87 win over the Kings. 

 The Texters, meanwhile, won their last two games before taking a welcome respite. A huge morale-booster for the Texters were their win over the Boosters. 

 Jared Dillinger and Ryan Reyes top scored with 21 points each while Japeth Aguilar and Ali Peek combined for 32 points and 29 rebounds as the Texters bucked the absence of three key players, carving out the win that somehow eased the pain of their loss to the Boosters in the Governors Cup finals. For Reyes, it’s now a close chapter. 

 “We attained the closure needed, and we must move forward now. Hopefully, we can make another run this season,” said Reyes. (SB)


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