AFTER rebounding with a strong defensive effort in Game Two, Talk ‘N Text goes for the kill against San Mig Super Coffee on Sunday as it tries to keep its four-peat title drive alive in the do-or-die Game Three of their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Game time is 5 p.m. with the Tropang Texters expecting a more physical game against the Mixers, with the winner to be rewarded a spot opposite top seed Ginebra in a best-of-seven semifinal.
Veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo felt the referees have allowed too much physicality in Game Two, which led to the shoving incident between teammate Kelly Williams and San Mig power forward Marc Pingris during the second period.
Williams and Pingris were later on slapped with a technical foul each.
“Ina-allow kasi ng referees yung pisikalan so kailangan naming sabayan yun, saka siyempre, mas malalaki sila so kailangan ding doblehin namin ang effort namin,” said de Ocampo, who had a quiet nine points and five rebounds in the Game Two win.
The 6-5 De Ocampo is also thankful that newly-acquired forward Nino Canaleta was able to contribute in just his second game with the team, scoring 13 points, spiked by three-point shots.
“Si KG naman kasi beterano na rin, di na kailangan sobrang alalayan. Alam na niya ang basketball. Eh sabi nga niya, gusto rin niyang makatikim ng championship kaya konting advice na lang kami sa kanya,” added the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.
Both teams split the first two games. San Mig took Game One, 90-83, before Talk ‘N Text bounced back, 82-77.
Pingris said the Mixers will have to go back to executing the way they did in the series-opener, knowing that the Tropang Texters won’t surrender their all-Filipino crown that easy.
“Kaya kami natalo, nagkanya-kanya na naman kami. Di namin ginawa yung trabaho namin, di namin naipakita yung best namin,” lamented Pingris.
“Pero this coming Sunday, gagawin namin lahat. Focus lang kami sa game hindi sa referees.”