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    Black wary of Barako Bull's armada of gunners as Texters put winning run on line

    Dec 19, 2013

    DEFENDING champion Talk ‘N Text tries to ride the momentum of its big win over Rain or Shine when it meets skidding Barako Bull in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

    The Tropang Texters have been waxing hot of late by winning three of their last four matches, including a gripping 90-87 victory over the Elasto Painters that allowed them to raise their record to 4-2 for solo third place.

    The two teams clash in the first game of the doubleheader set at 5:45 p.m.

    Although the reigning three-time All-Filipino champion struggled on the floor against Rain or Shine, Talk ‘N Text managed to make up for it by posting a franchise season-high 64 rebounds behind undersized forward Harvey Carey’s 15 boards and the combined 17 of veterans Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.

    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black said the team this time will have to be prepared against Barako Bull’s platoon of outside gunners, knowing fully well the Energy are averaging nine three-point shots made per outing this conference.

    “We will try to build on our win against Rain or Shine. The key will be our ability to defend their (Energy) three-point shooters, especially Ronjay Buenafe,” said Black, who steered the franchise to its third all-Filipino conference championship last year.

    Meanwhile, the Energy are hoping to stop the bleeding after losing their last five games following back-to-back wins over air21 and Alaska to open the season.

    Barako Bull is coming off a painful 88-90 loss to reigning Governors Cup champion San Mig Super Coffee in a game where the Energy blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead after committing several turnovers down the stretch.

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