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    Texters, Batang Pier face off in battle of strugglers

    Apr 5, 2013
    Coach Norman Black and the Tropang Texters try to avoid a third straight defeat. Jerome Ascano

    AFTER its second back-to-back losses of the conference, Talk ’N Text needs to work double hard if it hopes to at least make it to the top four with three games left on its schedule.

    The Texters hope to get back on track in their bid for a top four placing when they take on slumping Globalport on Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Phoenix on Tour in Iloilo City.

    Game time is at 6:30 p.m. at the University of San Agustin gymnasium.

    In seventh spot with a 5-6 win-loss card, the Texters may need to sweep their last three outings to have a shot at a Top Four berth and a much-needed psychological boost going into the playoffs.

    On the other hand, Batang Pier will shoot for a sweep of their last three outings in the hopes of at least grabbing the eighth seed in the playoffs.

    However, The road to the eighth and final spot for the playoffs will be much harder for Globalport, whose top playmaker Solomon Mercado is out of commission for the rest of the conference due to a shoulder injury.

    “We’ll keep fighting. Iyan lang naman hinhiling namin from our players and coaches. Kailangang di mawala sa isip namin na lahat ng ito part of the process. We’re only a seven-month-old team,” Globalport team manager BJ Manalo said.

    The Tropang Texters routed the Batang Pier, 99-79, in their previous encounter on February 20, a victory which also began Globalport’s downward spiral this conference.

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    Globalport has lost its last eight games, despite changing imports twice.

    Talk ’N Text coach Norman Black, who led the team to its third straight Philippine Cup title recently, is hopeful that his boys would be able to bounce back after suffering a 31-point defeat to Rain or Shine on Palm Sunday and an 82-83 loss to San Mig Coffee on Wednesday night.

    “We will try to build on the effort that we displayed in our last game versus San Mig last Wednesday. Needless to say, this is a huge game for us,” Black said.

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    Coach Norman Black and the Tropang Texters try to avoid a third straight defeat. Jerome Ascano
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