GLEN Rice Jr. feels the best has yet to come for TNT KaTropa after already finishing their PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations campaign on a strong note on Saturday night.
The Texters showed flashes of their potential with a 121-92 blowout of Barangay Ginebra in a game where they buried 17 three-pointers, shot 52 percent from the field, and dished out 23 assists.
“I think we're just getting better and better,” Rice said after the game. “The longer we play together, really the better we gonna get. I just feel that we are where we wanna be.”
“We're playing some of our best basketball until the end of season,” he added.
Rice underlined the Texters’ hot shooting by knocking down six triples and pumping in half of his 36 points in their third-quarter breakaway.
But the TNT import focused more on his team’s defense that held the Gin Kigns to just 38-percent shooting and spelled the bigger difference.
“I felt like we did a good job defensively,” Rice said. “First half, I got in foul trouble along with couple other guys in the team. Not everybody could be on the floor. But we still did a good job, everybody came in."
“Not with any foul trouble, we maintained that lead until the second half where we kinda extended it,” he added.
As a result, the Texters clinched the first Top Four spot and the twice-to-beat advantage that comes with it.
“It feels good, but we're just taking it one game at a time,” he cautioned. “Win or lose that game, we're still gonna have another game next week, know what I mean? It’s just one game at a time.”