Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text are on a hunt for a first win when they clash at 7:15 tonight after the 4:15 p.m. first game between the Mahindra Enforcers and the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Upbeat after winning the Commissioners Cup title, coach Yeng Guiao said that his wards are ready for another conquest, “We are feeling good about our preparation. Paul [Lee], Gabe [Norwood] and Jeff [Chan] have had about a week practice with us and our import [Dior Lowhorn] is the right fit for our team,” Guiao told The Manila Times on Tuesday.
Besides Lee, Norwood, Chan and Lowhorn, the Elasto Painters will also rely on Jay-R Quinahan, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, rookie Mavericks Ahanmisi, Jericho Cruz, Jewel Ponferada and Chris Tiu, in their match against the Texters.
“We are hoping that we don’t suffer the dreaded championship hangover because Talk ‘N Text is not the team that you can make mistakes with and survive,” added Guiao.
Talk ‘N Text, on the other hand, will bank on the prowess of imports Michael Mandaly and Mario Little with support of local players Randel De Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes, Aaron Aban, Jai Reyes, Kelly Williams and Dennis Miranda.
Gilas Pilipinas player Jeth Troy Rosario will not suit up for Talk ‘N Text for one week after spraining his knee during Tuesday’s practice.
“We are expecting a tough Rain or Shine team that’s why we prepared hard. We have a good practice before this conference starts,” said Tropang Texters coach Jong Uichico. “We have to play good defense to limit their firepower. Troy [Rosario] will be out because of sprained knee.”
Mahindra, meanwhile, aims for a back-to-back victory when it goes against GlobalPort. The Enforcers blasted the Star Hotshots 100-92 in their first game on Friday behind the 22 points and eight rebounds output of import James White.
Aldrech Ramos and import Iman Zandi Mashaddy will lead the Enforcers’ charge while Nino Canaleta, Nards Pinto, Mark Yee, LA Revilla and Bradwyn Guinto will provide additional firepower.
GlobalPort with import Dominique Sutton at the helm is keen to bounce back from its loss to Barangay Ginebra on Saturday. The Batang Pier will rely on Terrence Romeo, Doug Kramer, Karl Dehesa, Stanley Pringle and Billy Mamaril against Mahindra.
Meanwhile, Ginebra will be harnessing substitute import Justin Brownlee to replace Paul Harris who hyper-extended his thumb during Saturday’s game against GlobalPort. Ginebra won 93-84.
Brownlee will arrive on Thursday while Harris is expected to be out for at least a month.