TALK 'N TEXT seeks to keep its fading PBA Governors’ Cup finals hopes alive when it battles Petron Blaze on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Texters are in danger of missing the finals for the first time in six conferences with a 6-5 record, their hope hinging effectively on the 4-of-5 playoff incentive in place in the semifinals.
The multi-titled squad has been missing the services of top defenders Harvey Carey, Jared Dilinger, and Ryan Reyes but Texters coach Chot Reyes has refused to use that as an excuse.
“I would’ve loved to play this tournament with a complete lineup, but since game one, we didn’t, and that’s crucial,” said Reyes. “But we can’t use that as an excuse. We have to come in with what we have and go all out.”
Ranidel de Ocampo, Japeth Aguilar, Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams and import Paul Harris all scored in double digits in the Texters’ emphatic 108-84 win over Meralco last Wednesday.
And the quintet is again expected to deliver for the squad, which has to win its last three games to avail of the 4-of-5 incentive for a playoff.
The defending champion Boosters, on the other hand, are virtually out of contention with a 6-6 mark. Late-game collapses against sister teams Barangay Ginebra and B-Meg in their last two games hastened their downfall.
B-Meg aims to bolster its hold of the second spot as it tangles with also-ran Merlaco in the curtain-raiser at 5:15 p.m.
This developed as the league revised it scheduled semifinal matches on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Sunday games will now pit Meralco against Petron at 4:15 p.m., while B-Meg battles Ginebra at 6:30 p.m. The lone game on Monday at 8 p.m. is between Rain or Shine and Talk `N Text.
With do-it-all import Marcus Blakely leading the squad, the Llamados have won their last three games and are looking to extend the streak against the Bolts, who have lost their last three.