AS Talk ‘N Text sets out today at the Cuneta Astrodome, coach Bong Ravena has a number of reminders to his KaTropa.
"Limit turnovers, stay locked in on defense, play hard and play smart, respect the game and respect the opponent," said Ravena.
That’s how Ravena respects the opponent his KaTropa will play today as they seek to wrest the lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination now nearing the homestretch.
Ravena has all the reasons to be cautious enough in the 4:30 p.m. encounter, especially since they are up against a Columbian Dyip who are as dangerous as it can be despite its 1-4 win-loss slate.
For one, the Dyip have a new import in Lester Prosper who seems determined to give his all and help the Dyip get out of the cellar.
Prosper, who replaced Kyle Barone, debuted last Sunday and showed good promise even though the Dyip lost to Magnolia, 110-103.
"I'm not here to just come for a day or two and leave. I understand it's a process. We gotta trust our process," said Prosper, a product of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 42-minute stint inside with the Dyip.
It will be a golden chance for Prosper to play true to his words because he will be pitted against a hard-working Terrence Jones.
Jones is averaging 33.86 points on top of 15.71 rebounds and 6.29 assists per game. The former Houston Rocket is also coming off a 49-point, 18-rebound game in a 104-91 demolition of Meralco last Saturday.
TNT is gunning for its seventh win in eight outings that would bolster its chances for playoff incentive, while Columbian is looking for only its second win in six games.
Jayson Castro, who recently got married and consequently missed the Bolts game, is back in harness and is expected to lead the TNT locals in the game.
Just as exciting is the 7 p.m. main tussle pitting San Miguel Beer against Alaska. Both teams lost in their last outings. The Beermen lost to Ginebra, 110-107, last Sunday while the Aces lost to Phoenix, 78-76, last Saturday.