WHILE it may feel a little too early to return to action, the tight schedule could actually work for a weary Talk ’N Text side as it tries to put the Commissioner’s Cup heartbreak behind in its Governor’s Cup bow against sister team Meralco on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Texters suit up less than a week after losing the second conference finals to San Mig, 1-3, and getting a win right away in the season-ending tournament should give lift the squad's sagging morale.
“After only a six-day break since the last conference, the goal is to get back on track as quickly as possible and continue to win games. That’s the best way to move on from our loss in the Finals,” said Talk ’N Text coach Norman Black.
Gametime is at 5:45 p.m.
Black’s team failed to hold on to a double-digit spread in the second half of Game Four, allowing San Mig to mount a huge comeback behind Finals MVP James Yap, Mark Barroca and James Mays and win its third straight PBA title.
Now the Texters hope NBA D-League co-MVP Othyus Jeffers could give them a big lift.
Jeffers posted solid numbers of 20.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 44 games with the Iowa Energy this season, but the question is how quickly he has adjusted to the TNT system having practiced with the team just four times.
On the other hand, Meralco is coming off a 94-95 loss to Barako Bull on Sunday and coach Ryan Gregorio is aching to bounce back.
The Bolts shot just 37.8 percent from the field against the Energy, including 42 attempts from beyond the arc.
“We have to be more intelligent with our approach to the game,” said Gregorio on the eve of the team’s match against the Tropang Texters.
“We took so many shots from the three and missed 28 attempts. We have to adjust our game, go nearer the basket on a higher percentage shot,” he added.
Former NBA veteran Terrence Williams debuted with 19 points, shooting a dismal 4-of-20 from beyond the arc.