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    TNT coach Reyes eyes big step four-ward

    Jun 26, 2012
    Paul Harris will once be at the forefront when the Texters try to extend their win streak to four. Jerome Ascano

    TALK N Text hopes to clinch the third semifinal berth in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup when it takes on B-Meg on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Texters have won their last three games and improved their win-loss record to 4-3, but their 113-111 decision over Barangay Ginebra in their last outing on Sunday showed how vulnerable they are without their top defenders.

    With Harvey Carey and Jared Dillinger still out and Ryan Reyes not back to 100 percent, the Texters couldn’t fully handle the Kings’ Cedric Bozeman and Mark Caguioa, who had 32 points apiece.

    The Texters also saw their 13-point fourth-quarter lead almost vanish as the Bozeman-Caguioa duo conspired to cut the lead to one. Only Jayson Castro’s late heroics saved the day for the team.

    “The top team’s offensive players are really going to give us problems because our top defenders are injured,” Texters coach Chot Reyes said.

    The Talk N Text-B-Meg game starts at at 7:30 p.m. after the 5:15 p.m. match between cellar-dwellers Alaska and Air21.

    The second-running Llamados are already in the semis, but are aching to bounce back from an 80-92 loss to Petron and Marcus Blakely, James Yap, PJ Simon, and Josh Urbiztondo will be looking to make amends.

    “We just have to weather their offensive onslaught and find ways to outscore them,” Reyes said.

    Aside from Castro, the Texters have Paul Harris, Ranidel de Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Jimmy Alapag, and Japeth Aguilar to carry the scoring cudgels for them.

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    Alaska, in last place at 1-7, tries to end a miserable campaign on a positive note against Air21, which is coming off a 128-121 upset win over Powerade last Friday for only its second victory in seven games.

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    Paul Harris will once be at the forefront when the Texters try to extend their win streak to four. Jerome Ascano
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