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    TnT Tropang Texters weigh import change after injuries to Alapag, Dillinger

    May 6, 2013

    FINALLY, the message has been sent.

    Talk `N Text team manager Aboy Castro admitted the team is contemplating on changing import in the midst of the Tropang Texters’ PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra.

    Even prior to the All-Star break, there were already reports about the possibility of Talk `N Text replacing seven-foot import Jerome Jordan as it bids to make it back to the finals of the mid-season conference.

    But Castro clarified it was the calf injury sustained by veteran point guard Jimmy Alapag during the All-Star game that forced the Tropang Texters to weigh an import switch.

    “We are contemplating on import change. We still have until tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Castro, who revealed that Governors’ Cup import Tony Mitchell might be tapped to replace Jerome Jordan.

    “With the recent injury to Jimmy (Alapag) and JD (Jared Dillinger) as well, now we’re considering it,” he added.

    The 6-5 Mitchell has been in the country since Wednesday last week. He is a known scorer in the NBA D-League, where he is the current Rookie of the Year.

    The Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward averaged 21.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game this season and upped his scoring numbers to an amazing 30 per contest in two playoff games.

    D-League vice-president for basketball operations Chris Alpert has dubbed Mitchell "a very talented player" who had a standout first season with Fort Wayne.

    “His impressive ability to score, as well as his selection to the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star game, solidified his position as a top young prospect in our league,” said Alpert.

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    Castro bared the Talk `N Text coaching staff and management will decide on the import situation by Tuesday morning in time for Game Three of the best-of-five semis against the Kings on Wednesday.

    The Texters team manager however, refused to comment on reports reaching Spin.ph that it was team owner Manny V. Pangilinan who personally asked for a change in import following the inconsistent performances of Jordan.

    Impressive in his debut game against Ginebre where he finished with 23 points including vicious thunder dunks, Jordan suddenly faded away in the team’s next few games that saw his averages dip to 16.33 points, 10.33 rebounds, and two blocks per game.

    “We’ll decide on it tomorrow. We already told our imports about it. Nothing’s definite. But we’re already thinking about it. Wala talaga sa radar `yun kaso si JD nawala, then Jimmy injured himself, kaya wala kaming scorer,” said Castro.

    In the meantime, the Texters are still practicing with Jordan until a final decision has been made.

      

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