Jong Uichico wants Talk ‘N Text to dictate the tempo in Game 2
Tropang Talk ‘N Text could have been an another prey to Alaska Aces’ ability to comeback from big deficits if Troy Rosario wasn’t hot from the arc.
Talk ‘N Text who relied on Rosario’s three-point shooting streak emerged victorious, 106-99, and gave Alaska some thrashing in the first game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series in 2016 OPPO PBA Commisioner’s Cup.
“For us to win the next game, we have to be able to dictate the tempo,” Uichico said.
Uichico knew that there’s no room for complacency when you are up against Alaska, a team known for pulling come from behind victory over their opponents once being taken down.
In fact, Alaska was able to cut Talk ‘N Text’s 15-point lead and got incredibly hot on offense in the last quarter.
“You think you’re in control of the game, and all of a sudden Alaska comes back,” Uichico said.
Aside from Rosario, Talk ‘N Text got its needed help from its import David Simon and veteran point guard Jason Castro.
Castro nailed a clutch three-pointer to break both team’s 96 marker, 99-96. The Blur also found an opportunity to run a break but missed a lay-up, but lucky enough that he was being followed by Rosario for a putback with a bonus point, 102-97.
Rosario led Talk ‘N Text with his career-high 31 points and seven rebounds, while Simon added 24 points and 14 boards. The blur also had a good outing dishing 12 assists and 17 points.
Uichico felt good that his team was able to make big shots and good stops by the end to win the game.
“You can’t discount Alaska kasi di ka maka-relax cause they will keep on playing the same game all throughout,” Uichico said.
“It’s good that we made big shots and crucial stops.”