MARC Pingris and import Marqus Blakely were one in saying that bringing back their defensive intensity and energy is key to finishing off Talk ‘N Text come Game Four on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After being blown off the court by Talk ’N Text in Game Three, the Mixers try to regain their bearings and hope to put an end to their Governors Cup semifinal series.
“Kailangang ibalik namin yung depensang ginagawa namin sa una at pangalawang game (of the series) kasi 'yun ang nawala eh kaya lahat matamlay,” Pingris, in describing the team’s horrible Game Three that ended in an 86-112 rout at the hands of the Tropang Texters.
By making their triples — TNT hit 14 from beyond the arc —the Texters held a comfortable margin almost throughout and wound up with the 26-point victory.
Ranidel de Ocampo stood at the forefront of the team’s blazing offense, firing 24 points, powered by four three-point shots as he set the tone for Talk ‘N Text’s carnage.
While the Mixers still lead 2-1 in the best-of-five series, Pingris said he’ll be the first to remind his teammates to focus on playing as a team defensively to avoid playing in a sudden death Game Five on Friday.
“Wala eh, lahat ng tira nila (Tropang Texters) pasok eh, di mo naman puwedeng i-3-0 ito, malalakas talaga sila. Pero, basta depensa muna bago opensa, yan ang sasabihin ko sa kanila (Mixers),” he added.
On the other hand, Blakely, the reigning Governors Cup Best Import, said they cannot beat Talk ’N Text unless every San Mig player is on the same page on defense.
“Just in general. We’re not on the same page when it came to the game plan (in Game Three), which would leave people open,” said the former Vermont standout.
“I wouldn’t say one-on-one defense, because defense isn’t a one-man thing, but it’s a five guys. So collectively, we have to be on the same page,” he added.