Defending champions Talk N Text Tropang Texters managed to calm down a slight storm late in the fourth quarter to snatch a win against Yeng Guiao's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters squad during Wednesday's game in the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This gives Talk 'N Text a 1-0 lead over their opponent in the best-of-seven finals series in the ongoing PBA 2012-2013 Philippine Cup. The two teams are scheduled to play for Game 2 on Friday, January 11.
Both Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier made crucial baskets for Talk 'N Text to hold off Rain or Shine's last fourth quarter rally. It was a close call given that the latter managed to drop their formerly double-digit lead to just four with a little less than 3 minutes left in the game.
During his post-game interview, head coach Norman Black revealed that he was "very pleased with the way [Talk N Text] played defense." And it was indeed a defense-fueled game with both teams not even reaching the 90-point mark. Talk N Text won by six points with an 87-81 game at the final buzzer.
The Texters' composure served them well during the end-game as they made crucial stops and baskets following a 14-2 rally staged by Rain or Shine. Either way, coach Norman Black is happy with the win but promised to make a few adjustments especially given their slight collapse that allowed the opposing team to come back after a huge lead.
Game 2 is surely going to be war knowing that the Painters will make adjustments. Even Black admitted that "they can bounce back" so make sure you won't miss the game on Friday. You can view the schedules here to learn about the venue and actual game time.
Do you think Rain or Shine will even out the series? Or will Talk 'N Text going up to a 2-0 lead?