The Talk ‘N Text (TNT) KaTropa Texters is scheduled for a head-to-head Quarterfinals game against the Rain or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters at 4:15 P.M. on September 27, 2017 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The number two seeded KaTropa will head on to the Quarterfinals round with a twice-to-beat advantage while the seventh seeded Elasto Painters will try to extend their third conference existence and push to the semis.
The first time these two teams met in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round, Rain or Shine was the victorious squad.
However, there are major factors to consider on that day. Both teams missed key players as they sent them to Lebanon to represent the country in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
TNT has no Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario (sent to 2017 Southeast Asian Games) while RoS missed the services of Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood. Also, Glen Rice Jr. still adjusting to the PBA style of game.
“We are playing a different TNT team from the first meeting,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.
“They are playing great team basketball and we feel it’s a good matchup for both teams,” he added. “We just have to want it more tomorrow before we go another game.”
For coach Nash Racela, the pain of losing a game against Rain or Shine still fresh from his memory.
“We lost to Rain or Shine in the elims. Hopefully, we play better (than in that game) in the quarters,” said Racela.
Talk ‘N Text is currently playing well especially at the end of elims. In their last outing, they crushed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel with a 29-point lead.