FOR failing to win the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title despite an impressive run all the way to the Finals, KG Canaleta believes it would be inappropriate for Talk N Text to take a break before plunging back into action in the season-ending Governors Cup.
Following the Game Four debacle that saw the Tropang Texters lost grip of a 17-point lead to surrender the series and the title to San Mig Mixers, coach Norman Black gave the team just a one-day break.
The franchise resumed its practice Saturday at the Moro Lorenzo gym, which Canaleta said is just fine for the Tropang Texters.
“Hindi siguro namin deserve na magpahinga ng matagal kaya one-day break lang kami,” said the 32-year-old former University of the East standout.
Talk N Text appeared a cinch to win the mid-season championship after making the title series unbeaten in 13 of its games, including the playoffs.
But the Tropang Texters never got on track in the Finals, capped by their big-time collapse in Game Four that saw them fail to capitalize on mismatches down the stretch.
“Masakit, nakapanghihinayang. Nandito (in the Finals) na kami eh,” he said.
“Nung three quarters, medyo nagko-connect in and out, pero nung fourth quarter, siguro nawala na kami sa focus. Lumabas kami dun sa comfort zone naming.”
Personally, Canaleta had high hopes of winning yet another league title the moment Air21 traded him for Sean Anthony, rookie Eliud Poligrates and a future draft pick last January.
Now he has to try and wait for another conference as he bids to nail just a second PBA championship since turning pro in 2005.
“Medyo matagal ko inantay `yung mag-champion. Binigyan kami ng pagkakataon, pero di namin na grab eh,” lamented Canaleta.
The league’s five-time Slam Dunk champion’s only taste of a league championship came in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup as a member of the Purefoods franchise.