The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 4:30 P.M. on May 29, 2019 live from the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Both the KaTropa and the Batang Pier are aiming to join the Blackwater Elite at the top spot of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.
Yet, only one team will be awarded with another victory while the other will stick to its number two spot at least after their match.
NorthPort’s import Prince Ibeh should step up his game this afternoon as his team will be facing the most explosive scoring machine player in Terrence Jones.
In his first two outing with the TNT KaTropa, the former Houston Rockets averaged over 40 points per game.
Ibeh on the other hand logged an average of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Batang Pier’s import seems like to play more on the defensive end and this can be tested at 4:30 PM.
To help the scoring need for coach Pido Jarencio squad, he may finally deploy his ace guard, Stanley Pringle.
Also known in the PBA as “Stan-the-Man” is a runner-up of 2018 PBA Most Valuable Player Award and 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference.
He sat out in the first two outings of NorthPort to fully recover an injury.
“May pain pa raw,” said Jarencio after their game versus Alaska. “By Wednesday ready na iyon.”
NorthPort is having a similar start last conference where they won two straight but then had a hard time to collect more victories as the All-Filipino Cup progressed. The former Ginebra player now turned on a coaching role wanted to reverse that scenario their second conference.
“Ayaw nating mangyari last conference. Gusto nating mangyari maganda na,” said Jarencio.