TALK ‘N Text tries to sustain its steady return to form as it squares off against Star in a Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup road game on Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.
The Tropang Texters, billed as one of the favorites, got off to a rough start after losing their opening game, but have slowly been living up to their tag after winning their last two games, the latest a 105-91 rout of Meralco last Wednesday.
Texters coach Jong Uichico cited his team’s lack of preparation as a unit, considering he missed a bunch of practices for being with Gilas Pilipinas as one of the deputies of coach Tab Baldwin, who’s also TNT’s consultant.
“We’re using these games as part of our scrimmage,” Uichico said. “Parang ganun ang nangyayari eh because we didn’t have enough scrimmage games when I was around and we were complete.
Hopefully, we continue to improve,” the champion mentor added.
Individually, Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario have been steadily improving and living up to expectations as the top rookie picks after they hit double figures in scoring for the second straight game against the Bolts.
“It’s just trying to get to know where I can use them and them knowing what I want in terms of accomplishing what we have to accomplish,” Uichico said. “It’s really feeling each other out.”
The Texters’ progress will be known in the 5 p.m. encounter against a Hotshots side that’s still also adapting to new coach Jason Webb's system.
The Hotshots have had a fluctuating season-opening conference so far, splitting their first four games and are coming off a hard-earned 97-95 win over NLEX last Sunday.
They expect another tough outing against the Texters.
“They’re one of the tougher teams in the league and with their rookies having some confidence from their last game, we have our work cut out for us,” Hotshots coach Jason Webb said.