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    Texters locked, loaded, but simply can't connect

    Mar 2, 2013

    THE match that was expected to be a war turned out to be a massacre, and two usually accurate TNT gunners admit they just couldn’t hit the mark.

    "We didn't make shots, that's just it," said Jimmy Alapag after Talk ’N Text suffered a 69-92 demolition by unbeaten Alaska on Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Talk ’N Text came up with only five points in the third period, falling 29 points behind and eventually absorbing its third loss in five games.

    "We didn't make shots that we normally make. Collectively as a team we played bad tonight," Alapag said.

    Jayson Castro pointed out they weren’t able to make shots from anywhere on the court — even from the stripe.

    "Di lang pumapasok mga tira and na-outhustle kami," said Castro. "We shot poorly, sobrang malas talaga."

    "Kahit yung mga open shots namin, nagagawa namin dati, pero ngayon kahit free throws wala talaga."

    Now the powerhouse Texters are in an unfamiliar place in the bottom half of the standings, but Castro and Alapag are confident they can quickly redeem themselves.

    "Siguro challenge para sa amin to na makita namin yung champion attitude namin," said Castro. "Kasi before lagi kami nasa No. 1, this time nasa baba kami so yun ang kailangan namin ngayon, ibalik ang team chemistry, ibalik ang team defense."

    Alapag agreed: "This won't bring us down, absolutely not.

    “Obviously tonight wasn't a usual Talk N Text game but luckily it's only one game. Again, we'll get back to work and fix the problems that we're having and play better next game."

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