The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters at 6:45 P.M. on February 11, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Both teams are currently at the middle of the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup standings and shared a 4-4 slate. The Gin Kings still fresh from a victory while TNT is coming from a loss.
Knowing that scenario in the standings, coach Tim Cone anticipate a big-game during their 6:45 PM schedule.
“We’re tied in the standings, so it’s a big game for both teams,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
“It always comes down to discipline in our execution on both sides of the ball when we play TNT. Our respective systems are so radically different that it always comes down to who can play their game. They’re always a tough matchup for us,” Cone also said.
The veteran coach also advised his troops to consider their remaining games like playoffs and Scottie Thompson already have that mindset as he teased an almost triple-double performance against the Kia Picanto during their last outing.
“Sabi ni coach Tim (Cone) we treat the game as a playoff game, at talagang naglaro kami with playoff mentality,” said Thompson.
2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP LA Tenorio also have that playoff feeling and considered their Kia game as Game 1.
“Our last game was Game One of our playoffs. On Sunday, that will be our Game Two, that’s our mindset,” said Tenorio. “Di ba when you’re in the playoffs, you can’t afford to make mistakes or let go of one possession, so it’s really important for us to be in playoff mentality.”
Troy Rosario accidentally hit his head hard on the basketball deck during their game versus Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters. Immediately he exited on that game and rushed to a hospital.
The results of Rosario’s CT scan and X-Ray shows negative which cleared him of any damage. However, his availabilty on tonight’s game maybe questionable.
Without Rosario on Talk ‘N Text lineup will draw matchup problems for coach Nash Racela. Guys like Kelly Williams, Mo Tautuaa and Frank Golla should be ready to take over the slack.