TALK ‘N Text tries to formally clinch a spot in the Top Four of the PBA Governors Cup when it takes on unpredictable Barako Bull in Tuesday’s main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters are currently on top of the standings with a 5-1 (win-loss) record after winning their last four outings.
Comebacking Paul Harris debuted for 37 points behind six three-point shots last week, sparking the team’s second half blitz against GlobalPort on the way to a 97-82 win.
Tropang Texters coach Norman Black said with Harris - the team’s third import in the season-ending meet - already giving them stability, their next goal is to work on their defense, particularly in trying to contain Barako Bull’s own new reinforcement in Allen Durham.
“Judging by what I saw in their (Energy) game against GlobalPort, we will have to find a way to control the inside plays of Durham,” noted Black ahead of the 8 p.m. game.
Durham showed a fearsome inside presence in his debut with the Energy on Sunday, finishing with a triple-double of 32 points, 24 rebounds, and 10 assists to help Barako Bull end its five-game losing skid and revive its playoff hopes via a 122-98 rout of the Batang Pier.
“Not only is he (Durham) a good post-up player, but it’s his offensive rebounding that gives his teammates confidence in their outside shooting,” added Black.
Durham came in to replace Eric Wise, who could only help Barako Bull get a single win in the nine-game single-round eliminations.
Durham’s inside forays though will be tested by Talk ‘N Text’s bruising frontline of Ranidel de Ocampo, Nonoy Baclao, and Harvey Carey.
Barako Bull, which currently shares eighth place with Meralco at 2-5, needs to sweep its last two assignments to get a better shot at the eighth and final playoff spot.