I HAD to take a second look at the final score of the Talk ‘N Text-Barako Bull game last Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It read: 79-76. The Tropang Texters won to keep their win-loss record immaculate after five games.
It was the first time in eight seasons Talk ‘N Text started a season or conference with a five-game win streak.
But what intrigued me more was the 79 points the Tropang Texters scored in a game they actually won. Talk ‘N Text held to “only” 79 points and still emerging winner of a game?
Everyone knows the Tropang Texters have always been known as an offensive team.
Fact is, last season when it reached two Finals and successfully defended the Philippine Cup, Talk ‘N Text went an amazing 25-3 (0.893) when it scored at least 100 points and was only 15-19 (0.441) in games when it didn’t.
Two seasons ago when they nearly won the Grand Alam, the Tropang Texters were even deadlier when scoring at least 100 points in a game, going 26-2 (0.929) when they did compared to only 21-16 (0.568) when they didn’t.
So how rare was that 79-point winning score for Talk ‘N Text? The last time it scored less than 80 and still won a game happened more than two years ago in the 2010 Fiesta Conference when the Tropang Texters defeated Alaska 76-75 in the elims.
But in an all-Filipino conference, that has not happened in six years, or not since a 78-71 decision over Coca-Cola in the 2006-07 Philippine Cup elims.
Looks like new head coach Norman Black is injecting defense into the Tropang Texters’ blood to make them even deadlier on the court.