FOR Jimmy Alapag, winning six straight games to start the PBA Commissioner’s Cup doesn’t mean anything if the Tropang Texters fail to reach their ultimate goal of winning the championship.
“To be honest, 6-0 doesn’t mean anything to us,” Alapag said in a frank-manner way ,following Talk ‘N Text’s 94-87 win over Ginebra in Sunday’s main game at the Big Dome.
“It’s great to get to a good start especially with the format of this conference that is so short. But we’re not where we want to be,” he said.
“Our goals are much higher than just 6-0. By no means are we comfortable.”
But Alapag was quick to give credit to where credit is due - that is by commending import Richard Howell, whose do-it-all approach to the game perfectly fits the system employed by coach Norman Black.
“A lot of it (6-0 start) has to do with our import. Rich has been great for us,” he said.
“I think the disappointment from losing last conference might have been a blessing in disguise because it gets us prepared, and the guys get healed up (from injuries) and get to better condition,” added the 36-year-old veteran Talk ‘N Text playmaker.
“I think those are making the big difference so far.”
Howell banged in 19 points, but more importantly collared 23 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end that gave the Tropang Texters the edge.