Barako Bull looks to extend streak as Talk 'N Text tries to boost bid for automatic semis berth
Coach Koy Banal and the Energy eye their third straight win after starting the season with five losses. Jerome Ascano

BARAKO Bull tries to sustain its winning run when it faces Talk ‘N Text in a PBA Philippine Cup  road game on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

The Energy, who dropped five straight games to open the season, have won their last two including an 85-78 win over erstwhile unbeaten Alaska Aces last Wednesday.

[See Barako Bull rides hot hands of Denok Miranda to deal Alaska first loss of season]

Denok Miranda has been at the forefront of the team’s resurgence this conference, averaging 14.3 points and shooting 39 percent from the three-point zone.

However, Barako Bull coach Koy Banal said their rise had a lot to do with their commitment to share the basketball, something they will try to do against Talk ’N Text.

The match starts at 3 p.m.

“Of course, we will not live and die with our guards. We still want to share the ball and hit the open man, kasi kung libre sila, go ahead, we will take that (open shot from the perimeter). But the emphasis is to share the ball,” explained Banal.

On the other hand, Talk ’N Text (4-3) is coming off a 105-97 loss to GlobalPort last Wednesday, a setback which coach Jong Uichico blamed on their poor individual defense.

“Our job was to defend the perimeter but we didn’t do a good job (against GlobalPort). We didn’t do a good job against Terrence Romeo and Ronjay (Buenafe). That’s the story of the game, that’s more on individual defense because they just run plays to get them the ball,” Uichico pointed out.

Romeo peppered the Texters with 30 points, while Buenafe fired 11 of his 13 points in the final period that allowed GlobalPort to pull off its first-ever franchise victory over Talk ‘N Text since joining the league in the 2013 PBA season.

[See Terrence Romeo snaps out of shooting slump, scores 30 to lead GlobalPort past Talk 'N Text]

Uichico said they are not out of the running for one of the top two semifinal slots, but they have to play with a greater sense of urgency in their last four games.

“More wins, that’s what we’d like to have. Now, we have to do it the hard way, we have four games left, we’ll try to win as much as we can,” he added.

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