MOMENTS after a heart-breaking 82-83 loss to San Mig Coffee on Wednesday night in a game when Talk 'N Text blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, Jimmy Alapag knew what was sorely missing from the Texters' game.
His teammate and friend Kelly Williams.
"Now is a hard time to lose a top caliber player like Kelly," said Alapag of Williams, who a day before the game had announced that he was taking an indefinite leave while battling a blood ailment.
The Texters took a 79-69 lead into the final stretch of the game but fell apart from there, and Alapag knew at some point during that collapse Williams, had he been around, could have hit a basket to stem the tide or pulled the team together with his leadership.
"He is a leader on the court and he is a huge part of our success in the past years," said Alapag.
But with Talk 'N Text at 5-6 (win-loss) and in danger of slipping deeper into the seedings entering the playoffs, Alapag knows the Texters need to get their act together - with or without former league MVP Williams.
"It's a tough loss but we have to let this go," he said. "What's important is for us to regroup and get ready for our next game."