Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes sent a clear message to his players: win or go home.
The Tropang Texters face Petron Blaze in what their coach says is a must-win Game Four of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Talk ‘N Text tries to stay on track in its title retention bid with a win in their 6:45 p.m. to level the series.
Aside from health concerns, Reyes is worried about how his players are losing the battle mentally.
“We’re losing the series on mental lapses. There’s no more room for that in Game Four. We have to win or go home and this is over,” said Reyes, visibly upset after their 95-93 loss in Game Three last Monday.
The Boosters, behind Arwind Santos, Denok Miranda and Alex Cabagnot, crawled back from a 20-point deficit, with Cabagnot hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Reyes said Petron’s rally came off mental errors of his players, and that they have to correct those mistakes to stay alive in the series.
“We allowed them to come back within 10,” he said, referring to the second quarter when his erected a 46-26 advantage before giving up a 12-2 run to end the half.
“It happens when you are careless and you don’t take care of business.”
Boosters head coach Ato Agustin cautions his players about a big bounce-back game from Talk ‘N Text, the defending champion in the tournament.
“Lamang lang kami (2-1). Match lang talaga saka breaks of the game ang nangyari,” said Agustin.
“Let’s see kung anong adjustment ang gagawin nila pero sa amin, importante ‘yung energy dapat nandoon palagi.”
Failure to match Talk ‘N Text’s intensity in the first half was the the Tropang Texters were able to pull away, but things changed after the break when Petron was able to control the tempo of the game.
Santos had his best offensive game in the series with 25 points to go along with 15 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the conference. Miranda was also huge on offense with 20 points, while Cabagnot had all 12 of his points in the second half, including his clutch three-pointer.