TALK ‘N Text unveils new acquisition Danny `Dynamite’ Seigle and a healthy Ranidel de Ocampo as the three-time defending champions gun for a share of second spot in the PLDT MyDSL-PBA Philippine Cup against Globalport Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tropang Texters (2-1) have been battling injury issues since the start of the season, but coach Norman Black said they remain committed to improving their defense against the Batang Pier (1-2) in their 5:45 p.m. encounter.
The entry of the 6-foot-7 Seigle gives an added offensive threat to a veteran-laden Talk ‘N Text squad, while de Ocampo makes his debut in the league’s 39th season after nursing a strained calf muscle prior to the start of the conference.
Black said de Ocampo’s size and presence can help the team body up Globalport’s Fil-Am forward Jay Washington, who has seen his career revitalized with the Batang Pier as reflected in his stats of 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks early in the season.
“We welcome the return of Ranidel and the entry of Danny Seigle,” said Black. “We’re also focusing on defense against Jay Washington who has been very productive this conference.”
Hulking center Ali Peek has been relegated to the reserve spot to give way to Seigle while resting his ailing back, while Ryan Reyes re-injured his hamstring and won’t see action against Globalport.
Talk ‘N Text's plate is expected to be full since Globalport’s fast-paced rookie guards Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia have given additional firepower to the team owing to their ability to score in bunches.
Romeo has been on a scoring tear in his last two games, dropping a PBA career-high 34 points in a 114-100 win over Air21, before scoring 27 in the team’s 104-109 loss to Barangay Ginebra last week.
“We have to find a way to slow down their guard lineup of Sol (Mercado), Romeo, and RR,” the multi-titled Black noted.
Meantime, Washington said Globalport’s recent loss to Ginebra serve as a good lesson for their rookies as they mature together throughout this season.
“I think it (loss to Ginebra) will really be a big help,” said Washington. “Hopefully, we could carry it on against Talk ‘N Text. We just got to stay aggressive, though I think the confidence level, the guys realized we can play with anybody.”