THE championship hangover appears to have finally sunk in for Talk ‘N Text as the Tropang Texters bowed to San Miguel Beer, 101-96, in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Tuesday night.
Almost two months after ruling the Commissioner’s Cup, the Texters have now uncharacteristically lost four games in a row - their longest losing streak since, co-incidentally, SMB swept them, 4-0, in the semifinals of the last Philippine Cup.
It’s also only the third time in the last five years the powerhouse squad has suffered a four-game skid.
TNT coach Jong Uichico admitted his team has finally felt the ill effects after conquering the midseason tournament - among other problems.
“It's (championship hangover), part (of the problem),” the soft-spoken mentor said after a meeting with fellow coaches inside the team dugout following the loss. “Injuries also. Some other factors here and there.”
“All put together, it's a big thing so we can't solve problems at one given time so we take it one problem at a time,” he added.
“It's hard to pinpoint right now,” Uichico continued. “There are a lot of things that you can say is the problem. You have to take one problem at a time and then, we'll see what happens in the next few games.”
SMB veteran Ronald Tubid said he can somehow relate to what the Texters are going through after the Beermen also suffered a hangover last conference following their Philippine Cup conquest.
“Parang ganun yung body language nila eh,” the pesky defender said. “Parang ganun rin ang nangyari sa amin - nabangungot.”
Asked if he can learn a thing or two from his former team, Uichico doesn’t want to compare both teams.
“I don’t know what bugged San Miguel in the past,” he said. “We have different problems that they had and they corrected this conference.”
"It's just a matter of attitude,” Uichico added as his team fell to a 3-5 win-loss record. “The players are trying. It's just the second effort needed from every one. Hopefully, it's not too late.”