TALK N Text goes for a fourth straight win as it tries to widen the distance between them and the rest of the field when it takes on Barako Bull Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters retained the solo lead after notching their third win in a row Friday with a 107-99 beating of San Miguel Beer.
Guard Jason Castro said the Tropang Texters have learned their lessons in the Philippine Cup after the team failed to win a fourth straight All-Filipino championship when they bowed to San Mig Coffee in the quarterfinals.
“Dahil dun sa defense namin kaya kami nananalo. Kasi nagko-communicate na kami,” explained the high-scoring guard. “Last conference kasi halos wala (communication), pero ngayon nakukuha na namin.”
Import Richard Howell is coming off another monster performance against their Beermen after finishing with a personal PBA conference-high 38 points, to go along with 20 rebounds, five blocks, and four assists.
One-time league MVP Jimmy Alapag noted Howell’s presence easily adds defensive presence to the team, which is eyeing a top two finish at the end of the elimination round and secure one of the twice-to-beat incentives going to the playoffs.
“He’s (Howell) been huge for us from the beginning. Just his presence in the paint has been big for us,” said Alapag, who, along with the 6-foot-7 import, combined for 21 of the team’s 30 fourth quarter points to secure the win over the previously undefeated Beermen.
Talk ‘N Text will be facing a Barako Bull side that is still licking its wounds after getting roughed up by Air21’s defense, leading to an 85-103 loss on Friday.
Import Joshua Dollard, who averaged 44.5 points and 18 rebounds during his first two games in the league, was held down to just 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting and committed seven turnovers.