The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 6:45 P.M. on April 22, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
At the end of the All-Filipino conference, the KaTropa and the Batang Pier got involved in a mega trade that shook the league. That player movement will be immediately put into test as Terrence Romeo will meet the new-look Batang Pier featuring Mo Tautuaa.
During their 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup Quarterfinals round against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, both coach Pido Jarencio and Terrence Romeo were seen exchanging strong words. After the game, both parties said that it’s all part of the game as both of them wanted to win the game.
It was a classic “action-speaks-louder-than-words” scenario for GlobalPort after they have dealt their three-time scoring champ to a trade. Last conference, coach Pido Jarencio and his Batang Pier played great basketball but after Romeo re-joined the team coming-off from an injury, that team great chemistry they have demonstrated earlier went to thin air.
On a brighter side, Romeo will join his Gilas teammate Jayson Castro in KaTropa. Both guards have already proven that they can compliment each other and can give havoc to opposing teams.
After got picked as the number one overall pick of the 2015 PBA Draft, Moala Tautuaa still hasn’t reached his full potential. He is usually seen as the big-man backup of former TNT player Ranidel de Ocampo and now by Troy Rosario. It will be a new opportunity for the Fil-Tongan to prove once again to his fans and to the league how good he is.
Now without Romeo in the Batang Pier fold, Stanley Pringle will now be their franchise player. He was one of the Best Player of the Conference contenders last conference only got edged by June Mar Fajardo.
Last year, Talk ‘N Text reached the Commissioner’s Cup Finals with the help of their “Jumbotron” import Joshua Smith. Unfortunately, the 6’10 and 290lbs center won’t be joining the KaTropa in their current campaign as he is still playing in Japan Basketball League.
Jeremy Tyler will reinforce Talk ‘N Text while PBA returnee Malcolm White will be rejoining the Batang Pier.