WHEN Talk ‘N Text and Alaska collide on Friday in the 2012-13 PBA Philippine Cup, it will be a clash of the conference’s two hottest teams.
The two-time defending champions Tropang Texters are the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference with its 6-0 slate while Alaska has won four straight games since a 0-2 conference start.
They are the only teams that have won at least four in a row so far in the conference.
Aside from trying to keep its immaculate slate intact, Talk ‘N Text is also eyeing a win that will enable it to match the franchise’s all-time best start to a conference or season which the team recorded as Mobiline in the 1999 All-Filipino Cup when Asi Taulava was in his first-ever conference in the PBA and on a team that was still under head coach Eric Altamirano.
On its longest win streak since sweeping Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-seven semifinal in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup, Alaska will now be looking to win five straight games for the first time since the start of that very same conference where it had six-game and five-game win streaks en route to an 11-1 start in the eliminations.
What are the Aces’ chances against the Tropang Texters Friday?
Alaska is actually up against the ONLY team it has not beaten over the last two seasons.
Talk ‘N Text is 7-0 against the Aces since the start of the 2010-11 season. The Texters have not lost to the Aces since dropping their best-of-seven semifinal against Alaska, 3-4, in the 2010 Fiesta Conference, after taking a 3-2 lead in the series.
Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo hopes it will be added motivation for them.
“Good! More motivation to beat them,” he texted back when informed of his team's losing streak against TNT.
The Aces went to win that 2010 Fiesta tourney, with Diamon Simpson as import - their last taste of a championship, to date.