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    Tough to lose a leader like Kelly, says Alapag

    Apr 4, 2013
    "Now is a hard time to lose a top caliber player like Kelly... He is a leader on the court and he is a huge part of our success in the past years," says Talk 'N Text playmaker Jimmy Alapag of teammate Kelly Williams, who is battling a blood ailment.

    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."

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    "Now is a hard time to lose a top caliber player like Kelly... He is a leader on the court and he is a huge part of our success in the past years," says Talk 'N Text playmaker Jimmy Alapag of teammate Kelly Williams, who is battling a blood ailment.
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