TALK ‘N Text is seeing the hard times ahead as the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round prog-resses. This,despite winning its first two outings by a margin of 20 points.
“We need to win as many as we can,” said coach Bong Ravena, whose KaTropa are on a 2-0 start in the season-ending tournament.
“Kailangan samantalahin namin. Pahirap ng pahirap ‘yung mga games namin,” added Ravena. “We just have to keep improving.”
The KaTropa set out today, looking to gain a share of the lead but will have to deal with a dangerous Phoenix team that has just barged into the win column with a big 103-101 victory over Barangay Ginebra last Saturday.
The KaTropa enter the 7 p.m. main offering of an explosive double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, carrying good amount of momentum they elicited from back-to-back wins — 135-107 against Blackwater last Sept. 25 and 103-91 versus Rain or Shine last Sept. 28.
On both occasions, import KJ McDaniels delivered yeoman job, tallying 41 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists in TNT’s rout of the Elite. The hard-working import repeated his tricks as he cut loose with 37 points that went with 13 rebounds and five assists when TNT defeated Rain or Shine.
Against the Elasto Painters though, McDaniels got enough support from the trio of Don Trollano, Jethro Rosario and Roger Pogoy who combined for 40 points.
Castro, Rosario and Pogoy complemented import KJ McDaniels well as the KaTropa won their first two games in the season-ending tourney versus Blackwater (135-107) and Rain or Shine (103-91).
The KaTropa however need to be cautious, since the Fuel Masters are armed with motivation boosted by their victory over the Gin Kings.
In addition, they also have an able import in Eugene Phelps who plays consistent game.
Phelps piled up triple-double numbers with 27 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists as he got the better end of his duel with GSM’s Justin Brownlee who finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
At the same time, the Fuel Masters have Matthew Wright who could be unstoppable on a given night. Against Ginebra, Wright compiled 28 markers.
Columbian Dyip and NorthPort collide in the first game at 4:30 p.m. Both have 1-1 records, with the winner going up to solo fourth at 2-1.