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    Norman Black hoping Texters won't get complacent against lowly Express

    Dec 21, 2013

    NORMAN Black is starting to get alarmed with Talk ‘N Text’s habit of losing big margins during games.

    So when the three-time champion faces doormat Air21 on Sunday in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup, Black sees it as the perfect opportunity for the Tropang Texters to try to sustain their energy from start to finish.

    Game time is at 5:15 p.m.

    The Texters currently carry a 5-2 win-loss card to occupy solo third spot after winning their last two matches.

    But the twin victories saw the defending champions throw away double-digit advantages against Rain or Shine and Barako Bull, respectively, before scraping their way to hard-earned victories in the end.

    “I do consider that that (losing big leads) is something that we need to fix. But a win is a win. I’ll take it and move on against Air21,” Black said.

    Pint-sized guard Jason Castro, the team’s leading scorer with averages of 20.2 points, said complacency seems to have hit the Tropang Texters in the first half of the eliminations.

    “Di ko alam kung anong problem namin sa third quarter parang nawawala focus namin. Parang nag-re-relax kami pag lumalalamang kami ng ganun, so we need to fix that nga,” said Castro, the Best Player of the Conference of this same tournament last season.

    Air21 carries a sorry 1-7 card at this point, but veteran big man Asi Taulava hopes the Express could continue to exploit their quickness with the presence of Macmac Cardona, Joseph Yeo, and Bonbon Custodio.

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    Taulava acknowledged the team’s need for a reliable power forward and another solid point guard due to the continued absence of sophomore guard Simon Atkins, who is still out with a strained hamstring.

    “That’s what we're lacking, a point guard and a four (power forward), but I got to give credt to Wynne (Arboleda) because he’s playing well the past two games. He comes in and stabilizes the game,” noted the 40-year-old Taulava.

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