TNT, B-Meg settle score in winner-take-all
MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg Derby Ace coach Tim Cone and Talk N’ Text tactician Chot Reyes both agreed that the team who shoots better will win Game 7 and the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title that goes with it.
Cone said scorers were what the Llamados lacked during their Game 6 loss to the defending champions Tropang Texters on Friday.
Apart from Denzel Bowles and James Yap, no other Llamado scored in double figures and this led to their 92-82 loss to Talk N’ Text.
“We gotta have other people involved; we need an extra scorer out there,” said Cone in PBA.ph.
Bowles had 33 points and James Yap scored 27 in their effort to close out the best-of-7 series.
But Talk N’ Text’s gunners sprang to life and connected most of their shots from the field.
“We need to make sure we shoot well in Game 7,” said Reyes.
“They pulled a fast one on us with their zone, but we managed to keep our composure and find a way to fight back,” he added, referring to B-Meg’s 27-19 first quarter lead in Game 6.
The Texters rained down a total of 14 three-point shots on B-Meg, most of them coming from Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.
Cone hopes they will not repeat the same defensive lapses they made.
“We didn’t do a good job committing to our pick-and-roll defense,” he said.
B-Meg and Talk N’ Text will give it one final go at the Big Dome on Sunday night at 6 p.m.
Cone is looking to snatch a 14th PBA championship that would put him a title shy of tying Baby Dalupan’s 15-title record.
Reyes, on the other hand, wants to make his 15th finals appearance a memorable one by steering the Texters to their 4th title victory in 5 straight PBA championship finals appearance.