LESS talk, more play.
That’s seems to be the message that Joe Devance is trying to send a TNT KaTropa side that’s complaining about the disparity of free-throw attempts in Game Three of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series that Ginebra won, 106-103, on Friday night.
The Gin Kings took a huge 43-14 lead in free-throw attempts and makes at 30-12 in a heated matchup at the Big Dome.
But Devance felt that the Texters were aggressive on defense, resulting in them committing 35 fouls, compared to the Gin Kings’ 24.
“I played against TNT a few series now and they kinda say the same thing,” Devance said. “I think if they're gonna be so aggressive on defense, they have to expect that (fouls), you know.”
In their 103-96 win in Game Two in Batangas, the Texters had the free throw attempts edge, 35-18.
Devance feels the Texters should just focus on playing honest defense to avoid excessive fouls, relating that coach Tim Cone has instilled in them to play smart defense.
“Not too many know this, but coach Tim actually gets mad if we foul just a foul, you know,” Devance said. “We practice not to foul. So whatever happens, happens. If the refs are gonna call it or not gonna call it. It's just the part of the game.”
“I'm not really worried about fouls, you know, I’m just worried about winning the game,” he added. “If they wanna complain about that, that's fine with me. We just out here to get the win. We are not focused on that.”
Devance was a picture of focus in Game Three as scored a team-high 20 points, highlighted by two crucial putbacks that gave the Gin Kings enough cushion to withstand the Texters.
The Filipino-American utility man hopes to bring the same focus in another expected fierce battle in Game Four on Sunday at the Big Dome.
“It's gonna be the same, it's gonna be a war,” Devance said. “I think we’re ready. I think we'll be more prepared than we were for Game Two."
“Winning this game means nothing if we can’t get the third game,” he added.