(Mall of Asia Arena)
Game 6, best-of-7 semifinal series
5 p.m. – San Miguel vs. Talk ‘N Text
TNT leads, 3-2
NOT since winning the PBA Commissioner’s Cup during the 2015 season has Talk ‘N Text gotten this close in the finals. The Texters set out today looking to finish off the embattled San Miguel Beer and clinch a spot in the finals of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
TNT coach Nash Racela, who would rather opt for ‘less talk’ owing to a Valentine’s Day comment that cost him P20,000 in fines, is hoping the Texters will do the talking when they enter the hard court at 5 p.m. today in Game 6 of the best-of-7 semifinal series.
The Texters rebounded from a Game 4 debacle and decked the Beermen with their unrelenting defense centered on June Mar Fajardo in Game 5, 101-94, in a victory that wrested for them the lead, 3-2.
“Less is more, less talk is better,” said TNT coach Nash Racela after TNT’s Game 5 victory.
It seemed Racela, on the verge of leading TNT back to the finals right on his first conference with the team, wouldn’t want to talk much, no thanks to that previous comment he made after TNT’s loss in Game 4.
“I think they (Beermen) made their adjustments and we made our counter adjustments,” said Racela.
“Today (last Thursday) our adjustments worked. Hopefully, it works again next game (today),” said Racela.
The Texters had their last taste of the championship in 2015 when they ruled the Commissioner’s Cup under coach Jong Uichico, but had since become dormant. However, the team had not stopped streamlining its frontline.
Now, the Texters are in their fightingest form again, ready to regain glory in the league.
A win today will wrap up the best-of-7 series for the Texters and clinch a spot in the finals opposite either Barangay Ginebra or Star Hotshots in another excruciating series.
A win will also mean ending the Beermen’s two-year reign in the prestigious conference which the Texters have won five times, the last being during the 2013 season.
Beating the Beermen though is easier said than done, especially since the team has proven its capacity to rise under the most challenging situation.
That happened during the last Philippine Cup when the Beermen fell into 0-3 hole in the best-of-7 finals series with Alaska.
The Beermen refused to surrender and one by one, they took the last four games of the series to clinch the title.
That was far tougher than the situation they are in now against the Texters, whom they had beaten in Games 1 and 4.