“Siguro kung makapasok kami ulit doon, kukunin na namin talaga,” said Jason Castro if ever Talk ‘N Text make it to the Finals once again

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The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters are still fresh from a heartbreaking Finals loss in the Commissioner’s Cup to eventual champion San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.

The Tropang Texters loss to a grueling showdown with the Super Coffee Mixers, 1-3 in a best-of-five-affair despite getting undefeated entering the finals.

Although it is still painful for the Tropang Texters, they must now move on and  had less than a week to prepare for the Governor’s Cup in which they will try again to make it to the finals.

“After only a six-day break since the last conference, the goal is to get back on track as quickly as possible and continue to win games. That’s the best way to move on from our loss in the Finals,” said Talk ’N Text coach Norman Black.

And it seems that Talk ‘N Text had moved on following a 105-99 drubbing of sister-team Meralco Bolts in their debut in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup.

Gilas mainstay Jayson Castro, the Best Player of last conference, showed his end game poise by unleashing 14 points in the fourth quarter to carry the Tropang Texters to the victory.

The cat-quick guard however admitted that while the pain of the losing in the title round remains in the back of his mind, he’s ready to move forward.

“Motivation namin yun at motivation ko rin sa sarili ko na kapag tapos na yung finals, move on na,” Castro told InterAksyon.com.

“Ito na naman panibagong conference. Para sa akin kasi yung finals last conference achievement na rin yun so hindi ako nahirapan mag-move on.”

Last conference, Talk ‘N Text opened the tournament with 13 straight victories. 

But the Tropang Texters were halted by San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in the Finals, a lesson not lost on Castro.

“Siguro kung makapasok kami ulit doon, kukunin na namin talaga,” he said.

But not only the locals must step up, there import must also face the tough challenge.

That challenge will be on the hands of NBA D-League co-MVP Othyus Jeffers who must give them a give a big lift.

The NBA journeyman Jeffers, who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, posted solid numbers of 20.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 44 games with the Iowa Energy this season.

And he must adjust quickly to TNT’s system having just practiced for the team  four times considering how short this tournament is.

Wherever Jeffers go, expect him to let the Tropang Texters ride on his back in

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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