THE veteran of many championship wars that he is, it’s only understandable for San Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone to brace for a serious Talk ‘N Text fight back when both teams clash in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers took the opener of the best-of-five title series, 95-80, Friday night for a 1-0 lead in the championship affair.
The loss was the first for Talk ‘N Text this conference, breaking the franchise’s 13-game winning streak.
From the outside, Cone said the team’s second half charge looked easy for some, but he was quick to point out how difficult it was to play against a talent-deep Tropang Texters side.
“It (Game One win) is easier to look for outsiders, but it was harder to get that game against them (Tropang Texters),” Cone said going to the 5 p.m. match.
Cone felt the Mixers were able to pull off the double-digit win because the Tropang Texters weren’t sharp during Game One.
“I don’t want to lessen the effort the guys made on our defense, the hustle and energy, but they (Tropang Texters) just flat out didn’t play well (in Game One),” explained the San Mig coach, who is gunning for his 17th league championship.
“They weren’t sharp, they sat around for a long time, sitting there with a 13-game winning streak, so it’s hard to keep it going,” he added.
“They had a bad night and we took advantage of it.”
On the other hand, Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said Game One should serve as a “wake-up call” for a team that was on poised to sweep the tournament.
“I think we had a wake-up call. I hope they’ll be tuned in what I have to say and we’ll come out and execute in this series,” said Black.