Forget that they’re fighting for a piece of the lead in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup.
No matter what is at stake, the two teams are only expected to figure in a fierce duel after their highly charged Governors Cup title showdown.
“Game Eight,” said Petron ace Arwind Santos, seeing the 7:30 p.m. setto as extension of their title clash.
“Fresh pa sa isip ng lahat yun laban. Feeling mo talaga Finals pa rin bukas,” Santos added.
Petron slammed Talk n Text’s Triple Crown aspirations and completed its own ride to ultimate glory as the Boosters drubbed the Texters, 85-73, in the deciding Game Seven of their championship duel last Aug. 23.
Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes is trying to skirt the past, delving only on the present.
“It’s a tough game especially with Petron coming off a loss. Before their last game, I thought they and Barako Bull were playing the best basketball in the league,” Reyes said.
Of course, the Texters are the ones aching for a big redemption.
“Syempre, gusto nilang makabawi,” said Santos.
“I’m sure the intensity of the game will be as high as in the Finals,” added Santos, the prolific Petron forward on a hot streak of double-double outings.
“Dehado pa rin kami lalo na dahil nagpalakas sila. Lumaki at tumulin sila dahil dumating si Japeth Aguilar,” Santos further said.
The Boosters and the Texters are tied with the Barako Bull Energy with identical 3-1 win-loss records going to the match, slugging it out for a share of the lead with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (4-1).
Petron suffered its first loss in the season only last Sunday when it bowed to Meralco, 70-80. Talk n Text succumbed to Barako, 86-100, on Oct. 19 but bounced back with a 96-94 decision over B-Meg in its next game. (SB)