The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Alaska Aces at 7:00 P.M. on December 29, 2017 live from the Cuneta Astrodome.
Both the KaTropa and the Aces came from a loss in their respective initial games and looking to bounce back to avoid early drift in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup standings.
Despite winning the rebounding game (73-54 )against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their first game in PBA Season 43, coach Nash Racela squad wasn’t able to log its first victory this All-Filipino conference.
Jayson Castro teased almost a triple-double performance with 18 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists all went to his personal stats.
“I think if you look at the whole game, Jayson was making the right decisions, taking the shots that he needed to take, making the passes,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.
“It just so happened that his teammates weren’t able to convert. We’ll find ways to have better execution next time,” he added.
Also in their PBA debut, the Aces started the game well against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok until Paul Lee got inserted and exploded with 30 points.
2017 PBA Rookie Draft fifth overall pick Jeron Teng was impressive in his PBA debut where he registered 16 points but committed five personal fouls that kept him sitting in the bench most of the fourth quarter.
Likewise, Ronald Pascual who was absent in the PBA for several years is now back in the league and got reunited with his college teammate Calvin Abueva scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds.
Pascual is one of the members of the famous “Pinatubo Trio” of the San Sebastian Stags back in their amateur days. Other members were Abueva and Ian Sangalang.