TALK `N Text team captain Jimmy Alapag says the team’s perfect 13-0 record is definitely out of the window now especially with the Tropang Texters staring at a 0-1 deficit against San Mig Coffee Mixers in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
While people have been talking about how the franchise appeared to be on track to becoming the first team to win a championship behind a conference sweep prior to the title series, Alapag said the team as a whole didn’t really talk about its remarkable winning streak.
“I think everybody else talks about it (winning streak) than we did. But at the end of the day, we’re down 0-1. We’re not looking at it (record) as 13-1,” said Alapag in the wake of the Tropang Texters’ 95-80 loss to the Mixers in the series opener Friday night.
Alapag was quick to put the blame on himself following the loss that saw him finish with just three points, three rebounds, and four assists.
Worse, the 5-foot-7 veteran guard had five of the Tropang Texters’ 21 turnovers, which allowed the Mixers to gain headway following a tight first half.
“In the Finals, you can’t afford to have 21 turnovers. Myself and Jason (Castro), we had eight or nine (turnovers) combined,” Alapag rued.
“It’s (turnovers) not gonna get it done. I take a lot of blame for having a lot of turnovers, it can’t happen again, especially in the Finals. We’ll be ready on Sunday.”
And if Talk `N Text appears lethargic in the series opener, Alapag knows the Tropang Texters will be coming out a better team for Game Two set Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“For us, we’ve been through it all. We are a championship team. We have our ups and downs. But now we have a dogfight in our hands, we just have to come out with a better effort,” he said.