THINGS are just getting better for Talk N Text.
With veteran Ranidel de Ocampo and Jayson Castro back on board, the Tropang Texters are looking to sustain their winning run as it faces struggling GlobalPort in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters are coming off a 108-89 whipping of sister team NLEX on Wednesday as Castro played his first game back from injury and finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
The diminutive guard missed the team’s first three games in the season-ending conference due to a swollen right Achilles heel.
“The roster is complete. But what’s hard now is how to divide the minutes. Hopefully, we get the right combinations,” said Talk ‘N Text cach Jong Uichico, who has relied on American import Steffphon Pettigrew and Jordanian playmaker Sam Daghles during the team’s first three games in the absence of De Ocampo and Castro.
A win by Talk ‘N Text in the 7 p.m. match will vault it to a share of the top spot with Alaska and Barako Bull, both of which carry identical 4-1 slates.
The return De Ocampo and Castro brought additional depth to the Tropang Texters as shown by their 58-7 bench scoring advantage against the Road Warriors.
The same bench depth is what Talk ‘N Text will try to maximize against GlobalPort, a team in transition once again after changing its import for the third time this conference.
Globalport opened the conference with three straight wins, before losing to San Miguel Beer, 124-102, followed by a 119-113 defeat to Rain or Shine in Dubai.
The Batang Pier were reinforced by former Golden State Warriors big man Patrick O’Bryant, who was replaced by Steven Thomas, before finally settling for Jarrid Famous.
The 6-foot-11 Famous debuted with 26 points and 16 boards for GlobalPort in Dubai, but obviously groped for form against the Elasto Painters after practicing just once with the team.
Terrence Romeo, GlobalPort’s sophomore guard, is expected to lead the team’s drive to end its two-game slide after coming off a league career-high 40-point explosion in the loss against Rain or Shine.
“They (BatangPier) can put up numbers in the score board. It’s going to be a tough game,” said Uichico.