Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said Game Two of their best-of-five Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series is like a win-or-go-home situation for them.
After absorbing a 23-point loss in the series opener of their best-of-five series versus Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Black knows they need to play better than what they showed in Game One.
Game Two tips off at 6:15 p.m. at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, with live broadcast over AKTV on IBC-13. The game will also be broadcast on a delayed basis starting 7:30 p.m. over TV5.
“We must play with a sense of urgency now that we’re down 1-0,” said the Tropang Texters coach.
Talk ‘N Text was totally outplayed last Friday by the Gin Kings and Black pointed to their poor shooting game as the main culprit to their downfall aside from allowing Ginebra to play its game.
“Matching Ginebra’s energy and intensity on defense will be the key,” Black said.
“Three-point shooting has been our strength this conference so we have to find a way to get better looks for our shooters.”
Ginebra shot above 50 percent (42-of-80) in Game One while Talk ‘N Text hit just 35 percent (29-of-82), including an awful 1-of-18 from the three-point zone.
PBA SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 27
Game One: Barangay Ginebra vs Talk N Text
Ginebra won 104-81
Sunday, April 28
– 6:15 p.m. – Semifinals Game Two: Talk ‘N Text versus Ginebra
Wednesday, May 8
– 7:30 p.m. – Semifinals Game Three: Talk ‘N Text versus Ginebra