MANILA, Philippines — Talk ’N Text will still be without Kelly Williams and Ranidel Ocampo when it takes on dangerous B-Meg Friday in the resumption of the PBAPhilippine Cup at the Astrodome in Pasay City.
Barako Bull pounded the Texters’ depleted frontline Wednesday on its way to a 100-86 win at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“We were exposed as a team versus Barako Bull,” said Talk ’N Text mentor Chot Reyes, unable to contain Barako Bull’s veteran frontline of Dorian Peña, Mic Pennisi and Don Carlos Allado. “We will have difficulty against teams with superior size and heft. It’s the same situation with B-Meg.”
Williams and Ocampo are still on vacation following their stint with Smart-Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA-Asia championship in Wuhan, China.
“Kelly and Ranidel are not yet available. Let’s just see how we bounce back,” said Reyes, whose current frontline is composed of centers Ali Peek (6-4) and Gilbert Lao (6-6), and forwards Harvey Carey (6-3), Japeth Aguilar (6-9) and Rich Alvarez (6-4).
B-Meg has yet to reach full potential following the arrival of American coach Tim Cone, a staunch exponent of the triangle offense.
The Llamados have only one win to show in three matches, dropping their previous outing opposite Meralco.
But with a frontline made up of Kerby Raymundo (6-6), Marc Jean Pingris (6-5), Rico Maierhofer (6-6), Rafi Reavis (6-8) and Joe Devance (6-7), B-Meg is expected to give the Texters a lot of trouble.
Jimmy Alapag, fresh from a short US vacation, played his first game Wednesday and will share backcourt chores with Jason Castro and Ryan Reyes against the B-Meg crew of James Yap, Peter June Simon, Roger Yap, Joshua Urbiztondo and rookie Mark Barroca.
In the other game, Barako Bull tries to extend its winning streak to three games when it tackles winless Shopinas.com at 5:15 p.m.
Willie Miller and Mick Pennisi, who combined for 45 points against the Texters, are expected to lead Barako against the Clickers whose last match ended in a 98-87 loss to Petron Blaze.
“Barako Bull is playing well the last two games. For sure they will carry that momentum going to this game,” said Pumaren. “We have to execute well and try to hold them down especially their scorers.”
Meanwhile, Rain or Shine gained solo second place with an 89-84 win over Meralco late Wednesday where Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan scattered 14 points apiece, while rookie guard Paul Lee added 12 markers with six assists – two on Larry Rodriguez’s pair of layups in the final moments of the game that sealed the win.
The Elasto Painters now carry a 3-1 card, behind the perfect 3-0 record of the Petron Blaze Boosters, while the Bolts fell to 2-2.