LACK of energy especially in the second half, cost Talk `N Text Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series against San Mig.
And that’s one thing coach Norman Black doesn’t want to happen again when the best-of-five Finals resume on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“My concern won’t be what happened today and how many points we lost. But my concern is to how get the guys physically prepared for the next game,” said Black shortly after the Tropang Texters’ 95-80 loss to the Mixers on Friday night.
The 15-point blowout broke Talk `N Text’s unbeaten record of 13-0.
Yet despite that, Black isn’t pushing the panic button just yet.
“I don’t think we’ll make too many adjustments. Instead, we just have to play with a little bit more fight, a little bit more energy and intensity.”
That was indeed lacking in the series opener loss where the Tropang Texters turned the ball over 21 times and struggled to score against the Mixers’ relentless defensive effort.
“I thought the San Mig team was much more aggressive than we were tonight (Friday),” Black stressed during the post-game interview.
“They (Mixers) really denied us on what we wanted to do on offense. So they really deserve the victory,” he added.
Talk ‘N Text was well within striking distance, 40-44 at halftime, but fell apart in the third period when San Mig tightened on defense, leading to numerous transition baskets that suddenly broke apart what had been a tightly-fought contest at that point.
Black described the team’s turnovers as `uncharacteristic.’
“They came with a lot of intensity and they forced us into a lot of turnovers which is uncharacteristic for us. But it did happen tonight,” explained Black.