TALK ‘N Text is looking to ride the momentum of its series opening win over Rain or Shine when it eyes a 2-0 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Coach Jong Uichico admitted the Tropang Texters were lucky enough to have taken Game One of the best-of-seven series, 99-92, despite playing with less emotion and intensity the way they did in their semifinals series against deposed champion Purefoods.
“The emotions, medyo nabawasan ng konti because of the victory in the semis. So you just have to get the emotion back for more intensity and energy,” said Uichico.
Game Two is set at 7 p.m.
Talk ‘N Text shot just 38 percent from the field during the opener, but did well in limiting Rain or Shine’s transition game.
Averaging 20 points or more fastbreak points this conference, the Elasto Painters were just held to 11 in Game One.
The Elasto Painters also committed more turnovers with 17 compared to the eight of the Tropang Texters.
Uichico felt Rain or Shine’s long layoff may have affected the team’s rhythm.
“Rain or Shine had a pretty long layoff and siguro, medyo na-out of rhythm lang ng konti. But (the) game (One) is very important just to get off that thing,” he added.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao believes the Elasto Painters shot themselves on the foot after missing 15 of their free throws in the opener.
“We just have to try to improve our free throws and try to find a solution to the turnovers we committed,” said Guiao, who got engage in a minor physical contact with Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson at the sidelines after the former NBA veteran bumped him during a play.
Import Wayne Chism carried the scoring brunt for Rain or Shine with 34 points, but Paul Lee was the only local scorer in double figures for the team with 13.