TALK `N Text tries to zap the life out of Petron when the Tropang Texters go for the kill in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Determined to end the short best-of-three series which the Tropang Texters lead, 1-0, coach Norman Black had a serious talk with import Jerome Jordan in the hope of firing up the seven-foot Jamaican center for the Game Two showdown set at 4:15 p.m..
Jordan was in serious foul trouble for most of Friday’s series opener, which the team won, 100-93, behind the solid contributions of Talk `N Text’s second stringers led by big men Ali Peek and Rabeh Al-Hussaini together with veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Ryan Reyes.
The towering import played for only 27 minutes due to foul trouble and finished with just 11 points and five rebounds.
“We still have a huge problem in our rebounding. We got killed on the boards again,” Black said, pointing to the 52-39 rebounding advantage Petron had in Game One.
In contrast, Petron import Henry Sims was a dominant force underneath after grabbing 21 big rebounds, while rookie June Mar Fajardo added eight as the two big men were able to neutralize Jordan’s dominance inside.
But the bigger concern for Petron coach Olsen Racela was the poor execution his team had in Game One.
“More of decision-making ang problema namin eh. Because of that (bad decisions made), we turned the ball over,” Racela lamented, referring to the Boosters’ eye-popping 21 turnovers which the Tropang Texters converted into 23 points.
Racela felt Petron failed to swing the ball well and patiently execute during the second half.
“We can’t just rely on our point guards. Kailangan, lahat ng tao sa loob should be on the same page. It’s the whole team so we got to remind them siguro because they are the ones playing inside,” added the Petron rookie coach.
Racela said he looks forward to not making the same mistakes again in a bid to force a winner-take-all Game Three on Wednesday.