The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head Semi-Finals game against the Talk ‘N Text (TNT) KaTropa Texters at 7:00 P.M. on October 2, 2017 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
For the second time this 2016-17 PBA season, the Gin Kings and the KaTropa will face-off in the semi-finals round.
Many has a belief that “height is might” in the world of basketball but coach Tim Cone have something different in his mind and look at it as an disadvantage for his squad when dealing with Talk ‘N Text.
“The drawback is, we’re so big and we’re having difficulty against smaller, quicker teams,” was how Cone assessed it, referring to the likes of TNT and Rain or Shine.
“We didn’t have much difficulty matching up with San Miguel because they’re big also with June Mar (Fajardo), but it’s tougher for us against TNT or Rain or Shine because they’re quick and they have shooting bigs,” Cone added.
“We’re still exploring how to best handle that.”
In their lone encounter in the elimination round of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, TNT demonstrated that speed can topple the giants of Ginebra San Miguel. The “Never-Say-Die” team got whipped and experienced their worst defeat this third conference, 121-92.
Although the game ended in a blowout, coach Tim Cone came to venue well prepared and have something for KaTropa to counter their flashy style of game.
“We thought we had an idea of doing something against TNT and it blew up in our faces,” Cone pointed out.
“It was like back to the drawing board for us. We figure we still have time to figure out what’s going to work for us until we get better, better and better. But it takes a little more time.”
Just like the Meralco Bolts, Talk ‘N Text KaTropa needed to an extra game in order to move to the next round of the playoffs. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters gave them hard time pulling away but found a solution at the end of their game.
With that additional game in order to dispose RoS, TNT has a little time to prepare against the Gin Kings.
“Game 1 in a series is always important,” Racela pointed out. “Despite having minimal time to prepare, we’ll try our best to counter Ginebra’s schemes.”
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