ALASKA becomes the last team to make its debut in the PBA Governors Cup as it faces an undermanned Talk `N Text squad Wednesday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The reigning Commissioner’s Cup champions take on the Tropang Texters at 7:30 p.m., hopeful the `light’ assignment can give them some momentum to kickoff their bid for a second straight title on a bright note.
“We’ll take advantage of our opponent since they won’t have their four key players yet. But we’ll be clear, we won’t be perfect out there because we still have some guys who are not yet 100 percent in shape,” Trillo told Spin.ph, whose team braved the heavy monsoon rains and flood brought about by tropical storm Maring to practice at the Reyes gym on Tuesday.
Talk ‘N Text will still be without key players Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro, Larry Fonacier, and Ranidel De Ocampo, who were all given a month’s off after suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas in the recent Fiba-Asia Championship that saw the national team finished a strong runner-up to champion Iran.
But despite the quartet’s absence, the Tropang Texters fought like wounded tigers and prevailed in overtime against Barako Bull, 118-113, during their opening game.
Import Tony Mitchell did everything he could in towing Talk ‘N Text to the win as he torched Barako Bull for 48 points on top of 11 rebounds and three assists.
He was ably supported by new Tropang Texter forward Sean Anthony who earned Best Player of the Game honors after finishing with 23 points, eight rebounds, and five steals.
“We’re excited to play our first game. I know they won’t have their four starters around. They (Tropang Texters) will play without pressure so we just have to give respect,” added Trillo.
On the other hand, Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said the team will just have to live with what it has for now, given the situation the Tropang Texters have of sacrificing four key players for national cause.
“We just need to hold the fort. Definitely, we have a very good import, but what we need is good local support,” said Black.