STUNNED by Barako Bull in their last encounter, Talk ’N Text coach Norman Black has now ordered his wards to contain import Allen Durham as the Texters go for a quick knockout against the Energy in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Gametime is 5:45 p.m., with the top-seeded Tropang Texters needing just one win to dispose of the Energy and advance to the semifinals.
“Our main focus will be to try and slow down Durham who had a great game against us the last time out,” said Black, whose team got clobbered, 88-74 by Barako Bull during their elimination-round encounter last week.
The wide-bodied Durham, a late replacement for Eric Wise, dropped 28 points, pulled down 29 rebounds and provided the defensive presence that enabled the Energy to get the win.
Black pointed out that his team will also have to do a better job controlling the boards, something the Texters failed to do in their 14-point loss to the Energy.
“Rebounding will be a big key which means we will have to play at a high energy level,” added Black, whose team captured the No. 1 seed with a 7-2 record in the eliminations.
Barako Bull coach Siot Tanquingcen said Durham not only gives them muscle inside the paint, but his mere presence gives his perimeter shooters greater confidence to take shots from beyond the arc.
“It’s a good feeling (to be in the quarterfinals) pero siyempre twice-to-beat pa rin yung nasa itaas,” Tanquingcen said, whose team is looking to force a knockout match on Thursday.
“Durham makes a big difference kaya yung players namin nagkakaroon ng kumpiyansa tumira alam dahil nila malakas siya kumuha ng rebound,” he added.