TALK ’N Text hopes to maintain its grip of the top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup when it goes up against unpredictable Air21 on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters’ confidence are at a high entering their 4:15 p.m. meeting against the Express as they are coming off a walk-in-the-park 92-63 win over San Mig Coffee Mixers Wednesday night.
Even with a league-best 9-2 record, Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black remains business-like in his approach against Air21.
“It was a big win for us (against San Mig Coffee), but also we have to be ready to play Air21 on Sunday or this game won’t come to nothing…Again, our goal is still try to get there (top of the standings). Obviously, beating San Mig gave us a good chance there,” said Black.
Defense has been the Tropang Texters’ trump card all season long. And they did just that against the Mixers, limiting the boys of San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone to just 31.2 percent shooting from the field on 24-of-77 clip.
Air21 coach Franz Pumaren is aware of what Talk ‘N Text can do.
“It’s a must win for us. We need to make some adjustments. But we hope to slow them down and look for scoring opportunities,” Pumaren said.
The Express have lost their last two games against Rain or Shine and just Friday night, against San Mig Coffee.
With Black having a bevy of scorers at his disposal from Larry Fonacier, Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, and Ranidel de Ocampo, Pumaren said they will really have to outwork the Tropang Texters in order for them to improve their 4-7 record.
The Tropang Texters scored a 96-89 win over the Express in their first meeting this season at the MOA Arena on Oct. 17.