GIVEN the rollercoaster campaign Talk ‘N Text has had in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, coach Norman Black said he’d want no less than a victory when the Tropang Texters end their elimination-round campaign against Petron on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters (7-6) assured themselves of finishing not lower than No. 6 entering the quarterfinal playoff by whipping Barangay Ginebra last Sunday, 100-86, at the Mall of Asia Arena behind the dominance of new import Jerome Jordan.
With Jordan making a good impression in his league debut, Black hopes to get his seven-foot reinforcement better adjusted to the team’s system going into the playoffs starting on Friday at the Big Dome.
“We’ll still go for the win on Wednesday to try to get some momentum going into the playoffs,” said Black. “It’s been a long conference and it’s been different. But Jerome Jordan helped us defensively a great deal.”
Jordan, who played 21 games for the New York Knicks in the NBA last season, debuted by scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final half, hauled down 17 rebounds, while defending Ginebra import Vernon Macklin splendidly in their one-on-one duel.
The third to sixth seeding will depend on the outcome of the final day of eliminations, with No. 2 Rain or Shine meeting Meralco in the first game. The Bolts are still in contention for a spot in the Top six.
In case of a Talk `N Text and Rain or Shine victories, the Tropang Texters will grab the No. 4 seeding and end up facing the Boosters (no. 5) in the quarterfinals.
But should the Boosters win, coupled by a Rain or Shine victory, Talk ‘N Text will end up as the sixth seed and arrange a best-of-three quarterfinal series against Petron as the Boosters hold a superior quotient over San Mig Coffee if both teams end up tied with similar 8-6 records.
Talk ‘N Text beat Petron, 93-85 in overtime in their only meeting this conference as import Donnell Harvey erupted for 38 points and 17 rebounds in a monster game. The Boosters went scoreless in the five-minute extension as debuting Rodney White failed to light up the scoreboard for Petron.
Both the Tropang Texters and Boosters had since changed imports.
Jordan will be facing off with Petron’s Henry Sims in a battle between young American imports.