Tough grind ahead

October 24, 2019

TALK ‘N Text needs to be more focused as coach Bong Ravena said he is seeing tougher times ahead for his KaTropa in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

And Ravena does not mince words when he said the last four teams they are playing, including NLEX today, in the elimination round are all title contenders, and that they need to take one game at a time.

“We have four games left and all of these teams we're playing are contenders,” said Ravena yesterday.

On a roll with seven straight victories, the KaTropa set out today looking to extend their unbeaten run but will have to deal with the Road Warriors, whom Ravena considered as one of the contenders in the season-ending conference.

“NLEX has been playing so well we have to find ways how to limit them on their 3's,” added Ravena. “Looking at their standing they (Road Warriors) are a contender in this conference so we should play harder against them.”

The KaTropa meet the Road Warriors in the main offering at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after the 4:30 p.m. opening tussle between Columbian Dyip and Phoenix Fuels.

In an import-laced conference, it is important for a team to have a reinforcement who plays consistently on both ends of the court, and TNT certainly boasts of an excellent import in KJ McDaniels.

The KaTropa have been looking every bit invincible owing to the monster performance of McDaniels and excellent complement from the locals.

The KaTropa are sporting a 7-0 slate capped by a 99-93 overtime win over Alaska last October 18 in a game where McDaniels compiled 37 points, 13 rebounds plus five assists.

But when you consider the last four teams they are playing in the elimination, Ravena just would not relax.

“For us, we take one game at a time and try to win it. We have to stay hungry and focus on our coming games,” said Ravena.

After NLEX, Talk ‘N Text will play Ginebra on Nov. 8, Magnolia on November 16 at the University of Southern Philippines Gym and San Miguel Beer at the close of the elimination round on Nov. 20 at the Ynares Center.

NLEX is riding on back-to-back wins, including a 117-111 win against Columbian last October 16 and a 113-111 spanking of the Gin Kings in Dubai last Oct. 5.