KELLY Williams will likely be out when Talk 'N Text takes on dangerous GlobalPort in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Former league MVP Williams has been confined at the Makati Medical Center due to a flu and will likely sit out when the Texters go for their fifth win in seven games in the single-round eliminations.
Without the 6-foot-7 Williams and his season averages of 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, coach Jong Uichico will be relying heavily on Harvey Carey, who remains a solid rebounder with his per game average of 8.2 boards.
Talk `N Text is looking to join Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra in a share of third place, behind Alaska’s league-best 6-0 card and San Miguel 5-1 card.
Despite the team riding a three-game winning streak, Uichico said the Tropang Texters are still working on a lot of things, considering Gilas stalwarts Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag have only recently rejoined the team.
Both veteran players missed the team’s early games in the season following their stints in the Fiba World Cup and Asian Games.
“Still a long way to go and still lots of work to be done,” said Uichico.
Talk ‘N Text will be up against a Globalport side that relies heavily on Alex Cabagnot (17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists) and rookie Fil-Am guard Stanley Pringle (15.6 points, 6.6 rebound and 4.6 assists) this season.
Cabagnot and Pringle form two-thirds of the team’s so-called `three-headed monster,’ with Terrence Romeo, who is currently playing limited minutes because of a shooting slump.
The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard is averaging just 4.7 points on a woeful 9.5 percent shooting from the field in his last four games, a far cry from his 33-point season debut in Globalport’s 101-96 loss to NLEX.