TALK ‘N Text reasserted mastery of Philippine Cup Finals victim Rain or Shine, 86-76, victory to retain its spot in the top four in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Playing the Elasto Painters for the first time since sweeping them, 4-0 en route to a third straight Philippine Cup championship, the Tropang Texters leaned on the clutch baskets of Larry Fonacier and import Donnell Harvey to book their fourth victory in seven starts.
Rain or Shine, without head coach Yeng Guiao who was in the US to attend to personal matters, could only make one field goal in the final six minutes of the game as its five-game winning came to a halt. The Painters dropped to a share of second place with idle Petron at 5-2.
“At least in this game, we played much better defense. Our defense has been very suspect the entire confercence but since the second half of the Barako Bull game, we started to play a little bit better,” Black said, whose team holds a 6-0 season record in its head-to-head matchup with Rain or Shine.
“We’re still trying to make adjustments with the entry of Donnell. We only had an opportunity to play offense in practice to make him comfortable on the court. So my battle cry is we just play good defense,” he added.