EMBARRASED the last time, Talk ‘N Text tries to redeem itself and resume its push for the top two spot in the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as it tackles Globalport in Sunday’s curtain raiser at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tropang Texters coach Jong Uichico said the team has to move on following its upset loss against expansion team KIA Motors the last time as it eyes to get back on the winning track before the tournament comes to a break for the All-Star weekend.
“We would like to have an aggressive defensive mentality against Globalport,” said Uichico, whose Tropant Texters enter the 3 p.m. game tied for joint first place with Rain or Shine and Meralco with identical 5-2 records.
But a big concern for the league leader is Globalport import Calvin Warner has provided the team a solid inside presence as he averaged 21.3 points and 22.0 rebounds since replacing CJ Leslie.
The 6-foot-4 Warner, who played for several countries in the Middle East, is coming off a 30-rebound effort in the Batang Pier’s 101-78 whipping of Blackwater.
Outside of Warner, the Tropang Texters also have to find a way to contain sophomore gunner Terrence Romeo, who mowed them down with 30 points during their first meeting this season.
Romeo went ballistic offensively in the Philippine Cup by leading Globalport to a 105-97 win as the three-year-old ballclub registered its first-ever franchise victory over Talk ‘N Text.
This conference, the former UAAP Most Valuable Player is averaging 22.1 points, while shooting at a high 43.4 percent from the three-point region.
The shifty Globalport guard will be matched up against Talk ‘N Text veteran guard Jayson Castro, the team’s top local scorer with an average of 20.2 points per contest.
Globalport coach Eric Gonzales has challenged the Batang Pier to keep up their level of play heading into the team’s last four games.
“Di pwuedeng ok-ok lang. Dapat every game, go hard tayo. Dapat parating andun yung effort,” he said.