DESPITE momentum on their side, San Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone expects a hard grind against a focused Talk `N Text side when the two powerhouse teams collide in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers won their last three outings and are looking forward to ending the eliminations with flourish against a Tropang Texters side which is currently on a two-game slide.
But Cone is not about to take chances against the three-time reigning champion as Talk N Text is coming off a loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday, 88-90.
“They’ve had a long week to think about that (loss to Rain or Shine), digest it and put it away and get focused forward. I think we’re gonna see a really focused Talk ‘N Text team,” he said.
The Mixers and Texters clash at 8 p.m.
“Our goal really is to be at the top six. So at least, you’ll be on equal footing if you’re in a best-of-three (quarterfinal series),” said Cone, whose team is coming off a 112-93 shellacking of sister team Petron Blaze on Wednesday.
“We have only a day to recover, so it’s gonna be a tough turnaround because the stakes for us are still high. We want to be at top six, but we’re gonna find a way.”
Teams seeded third to sixth will play in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. The top two teams, meanwhile, only need to win once, owing to the twice-to-beat incentive they own against the seventh- and eighth-seeded squads, respectively.
Prior to losing against Rain or Shine, Talk `N Text dropped a 100-102 setback to lowly Air21.
Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said the team is at a disadvantage against the Mixers considering the Texters will be missing three key players Kelly Williams (foot), Ryan Reyes, and Noy Baclao (leg) due to injuries.
Black though vowed to give the Mixers (6-7) a decent fight as the defending champions prepare for the playoffs and continue their drive for a fourth straight All-Filipino crown.
“Right now, because our position in the standings is pretty much set, it’s all about trying to establish momentum going into the playoffs,” said Black, whose team carries a 7-5 slate.
“We are struggling a little with injuries but we will be out there fighting to win in our game against San Mig. All three guys will be back for the playoffs.”