Texters gun for seventh title

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Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro (white) tries to defend a shot from Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga during Game 5 of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven championship series at the Araneta Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro (white) tries to defend a shot from Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga during Game 5 of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven championship series at the Araneta Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

TALK ‘N Text tries to notch its seventh championship title when it faces Rain or Shine in Game 6 of the best-of-seven championship series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

With a 3-2 lead, the Tropang Texters need only to win today’s 5 p.m. game to bring home their second Commissioner’s Cup crown and their seventh overall since joining the league in 1990.

Their first Commissioner’s Cup title was in 2011 with the then head coach Chot Reyes.

The team of coach Jong Uichico, who assume the head coaching chores only this season, is strongly favored to wind-up the series following its 103-94 win in Game 5. They also won Game 4 (99-92) and Game 1 (99-92), while the Elasto Painters prevailed in Game 2 (116-108) and Game 3 (109-97).


”This Rain or Shine team will not give-up. We should play with a sense of urgency. We don’t have major adjustment. Everything is out in the open already. We should not be complacent, we don’t want the momentum to shift to Rain or Shine,” said Uchico, who is aiming for his ninth PBA title as a coach.

But coach Yeng Guiao of the Elasto Painters refused to buckle down to pressure, saying he want to win Sunday’s game and force a do-or-die battle on Wednesday.

“We want to win one more game and after that, if we are able to succeed, all bets are off. When Game 7 is there, it’s a tossup. We have a big game on Sunday. I’m just hoping that we bring our defensive energy,” said Guiao, who also hoping for his 7th crown in the league.

“In Game 4, we really did not put out the kind of defensive effort that we wanted and we needed. I’m kind of disappointed that we were always half a step slow, one full step behind. There was no aggressiveness in defense and that’s the reason why we got broken by Ranidel (de Ocampo), Jayson (Castro) and Ivan Johnson.

So we have to fix that on Sunday,” added Guiao referring to Talk ‘N Text’ 49 percent field goal and 11 triples.

Veterans De Ocampo, Castro and the 6’9 import Johnson combined for 69 points in the last game along with also a combined 16 rebounds, 14 assists, six steals and four block shots.

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