JONG Uichico is hardly worried even if Talk 'N Text trails Purefoods, 0-1, heading into Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Texters lost in the opener, 100-94, but Uichico believes only few changes have to be made for them to knot the best-of-series to a game apiece in the 7 p.m. encounter.
“It’s not like we got blown out by twenty points,” a defiant Uichico said. “Hindi naman kailangan super over adjustment.”
The Texters did fall into a 21-point hole early in the third quarter, but adjustments by Uichico allowed them to pull within a whisker, 84-83, following a Ranidel de Ocampo triple with four minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
Uichico felt the game could’ve been closer had he made the adjustments in the first half.
“May mga konting adjustments that I should’ve done earlier,” Uichico admitted, although he declined to elaborate.
“We just have to get the next game and things might be different sa next,” he added.
One adjustment the Texters are expected to make is to shackle Denzel Bowles after the Hotshots reinforcement exploded for 49 points on 23-of-36 shooting in 42 minutes in Game One.
“We expect TnT to really focus on him, so everyone is going to have to carry their own load in Game Two,” said Hotshots coach Tim Cone, who only drew one double-digit local scorer in James Yap, who chipped in 18 markers.
The Hotshots, seeking a commanding 2-0 lead, also have to stand their ground defensively against Ivan Johnson, who heated up late in Game One, scoring 28 of his 33 points in the second half.
“It’s always great getting that Game One, but if you can’t follow it up in Game Two, then you’re back to zero,” Cone said. “This is the game we need.”