THEIR respective quarterfinal slots already in the bag, Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text just try to end their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup elimination round campaign on a winning note as the two powerhouse teams clash in Sunday’s main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings officially clinched the No. 1 seeding in the playoffs after trouncing the Globalport Batang Pier on Friday, 108-92, behind rookie center Greg Slaughter’s career-high 23 points on top of 13 rebounds.
Ginebra coach Ato Agustin said despite their 11-2 win-loss record, the Kings will still go for the win and try to get some momentum going into quarterfinals starting next week.
“Iyung mga weaknesses namin, kailangan lang naming i-improve. We always remind the big guys yung second-chance points, kung saan kami mahina,” said Agustin, whose team will tackle the reigning three-time champion Tropang Texters at 5:30 p.m.
“I think we’re giving up too many easy points sa mga opponents namin.”
Agustin said he doesn’t mind which team Ginebra faces in the quarterfinals, so long as the Kings take care of the basketball, execute their plays, and control the rebounds.
“Kahit sino matapat sa amin, and importante lang is we continue what we’re doing and yung laro namin, kailangan aggressive kami all the time, mapa-offense or defense,” explained the one-time league champion coach.
On the other hand, Talk ‘N Text, which is on a three-game slide, will continue to miss the services of key players Kelly Williams (foot), Ryan Reyes (hamstring), and Noy Baclao (leg) to injuries.
“We’re a little bit undermanned right now, but they’ll be back on Tuesday (at the start of the quarterfinals),” said Black, whose team currently carries a 7-6 record. “We don’t have our key players but we’ll try to get the win on Sunday to try and get momentum and confidence for Tuesday.”