Talk ‘N Text faces Ginebra Kings

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Saturday, November 10, 2012


MANILA—Defending champion Talk ‘N Text tries to protect its hold of the solo lead when it faces Barangay Ginebra today in the 38th PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tropang Texters, bearing a 7-1 slate, face the Gin Kings at 6:30 p.m. while Meralco seeks its fifth win as it takes on Petron Blaze in the opening match at 4:15 p.m.

Coach Norman Black expressed confidence his players could overcome the challenge of the Kings, who just snapped a five-game losing skid following their 81-79 win over Globalport Batang Pier last Friday.

“It’s a long way to go for us. We have to keep working and winning. Our character in this situation is being tested. Mabigat kalaban ang Talk ‘N Text. We are going against the no. 1 team in the standing. But we just have to trust ourselves,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen.

Tanquingcen is aware that they have to make extra effort to forge an upset over the Tropang Texters and secure their first back-to-back wins in the conference. In their recent win over Batang Pier, they were down in the first three quarters until Elmer Espiritu fired eight straight points to lead the comeback.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 11, 2012.

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