Friday, 29 April 2011

Texters seek 13th straight win

Posted by chardyboy on Friday, April 29, 2011 0 comments

source: by Reuel Vidal

WILL 13 prove to be a lucky number?

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, who have decimated the field with a conference-best 12-game winning streak, gun for their 13th consecutive victory when they battle the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings 7 p.m. today at the Astrodome in Game 2 of the championship series of the 2011 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

The Tropang Texters will be looking to follow up their runaway 102-83 victory over the Gin Kings last Wednesday, giving them a 1-0 head start in the best-of-seven series.

“We capitalized on our depth,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes. “Coming to this game, we wanted to capitalize on the fact we had a longer rest than they had. We knew if we kept the pressure on, we would get a break in the end.”

Talk ‘N Text was the better-rested team after they advanced directly to the semifinals, where they swept the Air21 Express, 3-0.

In contrast, the Gin Kings had to go through the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters in the quarterfinals and then barely scraped past the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas, 3-1, in the semifinals.

Talk ‘N Text has not lost a game since dropping its opening game against the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas. The Tropang Texters cut a swathe through the other teams, posting eight consecutive victories in the eliminations before cutting down the Air21 Express, 3-0, in the semifinals to advance to the championship series.

Talk ‘N Text will be looking to follow up its championship victory in the Philippine Cup. The Tropang Texters lucked out this conference as well, snagging an excellent import in Paul Harris, who tallied game highs of 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team to the Game 1 victory.

In contrast, Ginebra import Nate Brumfield was limited to just 10 ineffectual points, his lowest output this conference. Brumfield seemed tired and lethargic all game long.

Ginebra coach Jong Uichico said there are no excuses and that they cannot blame fatigue as an excuse for their loss.

“Whatever the reason is, it’s still a loss and we just have to find a way to win somehow,” said Uichico. “If we’re tired, we have to find a way to get more effort. We have to compensate and somehow find a way to win no matter what.”


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