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    Game Four a test of character for San Mig, a battle for survival for Talk 'N Text

    Jun 25, 2014
    Veteran coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black brace for another close match in Game Four. Jerome Ascano

    IT will be a test of San Mig’s character’ and another fight for survival for Talk 'N Text.

    In a nutshell, that’s the underlining scenario of Game Four between the Tropang Texters and the defending champion Mixers, who try again to close out their semifinals series for a place in the PBA Governors Cup Finals on Wednesday night.

    Game time is 8 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Tropang Texters managed to live to fight for another day following a vengeful 112-86 blowout of the Mixers in Game Three where they peppered the opposition with 14 three pointers.

    The best-of-five series is now at 2-1 still in favor of the Mixers.

    “Sometimes, you can’t get out of the way of the oncoming train. Talk ‘N Text played with a lot of pride and it showed in the score,” said Cone, whose team’s numerous defensive lapses gave Talk ‘N Text open looks from inside and outside.

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    “Now, our job is to put that one (Game Three loss) away, move forward, and get ready for Game Four. It will be a great test of our character,” he added.

    The Mixers shot just 39 percent (30-of-77) the last time, their offensive rhythm disrupted for much of the game by the Tropang Texters’ swarming defense.

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    PJ Simon and Joe Devance were the only two San Mig players who scored in double figures with 18 and 11 points, respectively, making Game Four a critical point for veterans like James Yap, Marc Pingris, and Mark Barroca to step up.

    Import Marqus Blakely was held to just eight points and seven rebounds, although he was benched for much of the second half by Cone when the Mixers couldn't get close enough to make it a game.

    Meantime, Black said there’s not much to adjust except to bring in their “all-or-nothing” approach come Game Four.

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    “We are still in survival mode so our attitude will be to get one more win so we can put some pressure on them (Mixers),” said Black, whose team will try to prevent San Mig from completing a three-conference playoff series sweep of Talk ‘N Text.

    “Simply, it's all or nothing for us so we will go out and fight for our lives.”

    Talk 'N Text bowed to San Mig, 2-1, in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals, before dropping a 3-1 decision to the same franchise in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

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    Veteran coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black brace for another close match in Game Four. Jerome Ascano
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