TNT, Alaska battle on Wednesday despite rains
MANILA, Philippines – Talk N’ Text will wage a battle against Alaska Milk at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday despite the monsoon rains enhanced by tropical storm Maring.
The game between the Tropang Texters, Philippine Cup titlists, and the Commissioner’s Cup champions Aces begins at 7:30 p.m.
It will be Alaska’s first game in this year’s PBA Governors’ Cup since sweeping Barangay Ginebra in the Commissioner’s Cup finals.
The Aces will be parading import Wendell McKinnes against the Tony Mitchell-powered Texters who are seeking their second straight victory.
“Talk n Text obviously is not complete and playing without pressure. But they played that first game with a lot of ‘no let up’ in them,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo in the PBA website.
“Mitchell is explosive and the other locals have stepped up their game. Wendell has big shoes to fill but I like what I see in terms of the effort and energy he brings,” he added.
Talk N’ Text coach Norman Black said their locals will have to step up to support Mitchell as their Gilas players Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, Larry Fonacier and Ranidel de Ocampo won’t still be available for Wednesday’s game.
“We have a good import in Tony Mitchell but we have to support him until our Gilas players come back. They’ll be missing at least three to four games,” said Black.
Meanwhile, San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort will get it on at the 5:15 p.m. curtain raiser.
The Mixers are hoping to snap a two-game skid against the Batang Pier who are also looking to comeback from a humiliating 74-94 loss to Rain or Shine last week.
“Learn from our last game and move forward. Crucial for us tomorrow to establish flow in offense and sturdiness in defense early,” said GlobalPort coach Junel Baculi.
Baculi, however, is wary of a hungry San Mig Coffee team which lost to Rain or Shine and Air21
“San Mig is an explosive team. We have to play resolute defense,” he said.