THE return of Jimmy Alapag to active duty wasn’t a pleasant one as Talk ‘N Text played one of its worst second half performances this season, leading to a 105-91 loss to Petron in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 5-foot-7 veteran point guard, who recently nursed a groin muscle strain, finished with just two points on 1-of-8 field goal shooting as he failed to contribute against a Petron squad that had four players scoring in double figures and played without star center June Mar Fajardo.
“The team didn’t play well enough to win. I thought in the first half, we played good for 24 minutes, but we played awful for 24 minutes in the second half,” lamented the former league Most Valuable Player.
Alapag bared the Tropang Texters have yet to play a complete game this season, an area they really need to work on heading into the brief Holiday break.
“So far in nine games, we haven’t played a complete game. Even in the games we won last week, we haven’t played a complete 48-minute game,” explained the California State University alumnus.
“Obviously, we have some work ahead. This (Holiday) break will be good for us so we can work what we need to work on. Just a few days off and then go and work from there,” he added.
The Tropang Texters’ 13 percent shooting in the third period (3-of-23) proved to be the turning point in the game as they blew their seven-point halftime lead and suddenly found themselves trailing, 64-76, entering the final period.
Talk ‘N Text immediately returns to action on January 4 against Alaska at the Mall of Asia Arena.