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    Ginebra braces for big Talk ’N Text fightback

    Apr 27, 2013
    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black admits being caught flat-footed right from the start by Ginebra in Game 1 of their semis series. Jerome Ascano

    ALFRANCIS Chua’s reminder is straight and simple: He wants Ginebra to remain sharp and ready for an expected huge Talk `N Text fight back Sunday when the Kings gun for a commanding 2-0 lead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Kings are coming fresh from a 104-81 lacing of the out-of-sync Tropang Texters in the series opener that saw the league’s most popular team shot the lights out of the Big Dome by converting 52.4 percent from the field.

    Then again Chua said he expects a different Tropang Texters team when they tangle anew in their 6:15 p.m. match.

    “For sure, they (Tropang Texters) will come back. Champion team iyan at champion coach (Norman Black).  Babalik at babalik yan.  We just have to be ready kung ano bibigay nila sa amin,” said the pony-tailed Ginebra coach.

    Ginebra has been the hottest team in the playoffs so far after winning all of its three matches, including beating no. 2 seed Rain or Shine two straight times to advance to the semifinals.

    Chua, however, reminded his team the semifinals is a different chapter already, especially since the Kings are up against aTalk ‘N Text side that is playing on its 10th straight semifinals appearance.

    “I told my players, kalimutan niyo na nakapasok tayo sa Final Four.  Kalimutan niyo na `yun. This is a different chapter so we need to concentrate on our game plan and defense,” he added.

    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black meantime, remained calm and composed even though the Tropang Texters suffered their second worst defeat this conference.

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    “We didn’t match their energy and their intensity. They outplayed us on offense right from the start of the game,” he said.

    “We’ve actually had some games this conference where we started and finished badly. But we were able to bounce back in the past though, so we’ll see if we can do it again,” added one of only four coaches in PBA history to win a Grand Slam.

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    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black admits being caught flat-footed right from the start by Ginebra in Game 1 of their semis series. Jerome Ascano
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