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    Texters seek all-important win against Aces in bid for twice-to-beat edge

    Jan 3, 2014
    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black remains hopeful the reigning three-time champion can still finish within the top 2 at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations. Jerome Ascano

    REIGNING champion Talk 'N Text guns for an all-important win against Alaska to stay in the hunt for the top two slots in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup, which resumes Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Tropang Texters (6-3) nipped the Aces (4-6) in overtime 114-111, during their first meeting behind Jason Castro's career-high 33 points.

    They’re looking to repeat against the Aces in their 3:30 p.m. match.

    Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black recognizes the urgency of beating the Aces as the elimination round is coming to its homestretch.

    “It's a big game for both teams because we are closing in on the end of the elims,” said Black. 

    “It's the time that you want to build some momentum and confidence going into the playoffs and display the killer instinct.”

    A win by Talk 'N Text will move the team for a share of third place with idle Rain or Shine (7-3), with the chance of ending up at no. 2 still a possibility for the team, according to Black.

    Tournament format of the All-Filipino conference will have the top two finishers at the end of the eliminations enjoying a twice-to-beat edge heading into the playoffs.

    In the meantime, Alaska star Cyrus Baguio said the key to beating the Tropang Texters lies on their ability to be consistent on the defensive end.

    “Ang maganda sa team namin, kahit sino puwedeng umiskor. Ang importanten lang ngayon is maging consistent kami sa defense,” said Baguio, who shot a horrible 5-of-21 from field against Talk 'N Text during their first meeting.

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    Talk `N Text coach Norman Black remains hopeful the reigning three-time champion can still finish within the top 2 at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations. Jerome Ascano
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