The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters is scheduled for a knockot out game against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters at 6:30 P.M. on March 4, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The KaTropa and the Fuel Masters are engaged in a knock-out game tonight and the winner of the battle will have the rights to face the San Miguel Beermen when 2017-18 PBA Quarterfinals kickoff this coming Monday.
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was able to survive a grinding triple overtime last Friday and that gave them an outright second round ticket. Also, with that win of Ginebra, the Blackwater Elite got erased from the playoffs chase and the remaining ball-clubs that will make the Quarterfinals picture clear are the TNT and Phoenix.
Winning the knock-out game for the eight seed will have to beat the top team twice in order to move to the semi-finals round. A task that even the great Tim Cone sees it as a difficult accomplishment.
“I can’t see us winning a knockout game for eighth and then beating SMB with a twice-to-beat advantage,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
In the single round robin tournament format of the PBA, the Fuel Masters defeated the KaTropa in their match last February 7, 2018. Matthew Wright was the main-man of that game as he celebrated his 27th birthday. He scored a game-tying three then found Doug Kramer on the next position and sealed the deal.
With the departure of Ranidel de Ocampo and Larry Fonacier, Talk ‘N Text struggled and their winning percentage this All-Filipino conference is an evidence of it.
“We’ve been struggling this conference. It’s no secret; everybody’s talking about that. We just hope that our execution will be better (today),” said TNT coach Nash Racela.
For the Phoenix side on the other hand, their 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup campaign is like a roller-coaster ride. In one game they show like an unbeatable team then on their following schedule they seem like a mediocre squad.
“We don’t know how to finish a game. We figured in a lot of games decided at endgame. If we know how to finish a game, we’re not in the situation where we are now,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas, hoping though that they’ve learned from their previous games.