TALK 'N Text head coach Jong Uichico brought in Asian import Michael Madanly primarily to take some pressure away from scorers like Jayson Castro. And it appears the Syrian reinforcement is proving up to the task.
With Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Troy Rosario, and Ryan Reyes still resting from their Gilas foray, Madanly carried most of the scoring load for the Tropang Texters on Saturday.
Madanly punched in team-high 26 points to lift Talk 'N Text to a 129-118 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in a tuneup game at the Moro Lorenzo Gym.
"We got him primarily to give us a shooter," said Talk 'N Text coach Jong Uichico, whose team was also bolstered by import Marco Little's 21 markers.
"He just has to settle down a little bit. He seems like he's in a hurry, like the Middle East style of game."
Madanly, who suited up as Asian import for the NLEX Road Warriors last year, hardly flinched under the weight, adding he enjoys playing with the Tropang Texters as he considers the team a title contender once they are completely healthy.
"It's a great team, we have a lot of players playing in Gilas," said Madanly.
"We will try our best to win as much as we can and wait for the other players to join so we can have much more force. We are a totally different team when they come here. I believe in this team and I believe we can reach far," he added.