TNT Katropa expects to continue their great start to high when Texters battle Alaska in a face-off of Calvin Abueva-less squad in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo tonight.
The game of Texters vs. Alaska kick starts at 7.p.m after the match pitting Commissioner’s Cup champion Rain or Shine against Blackwater at 4:15 p.m in the same venue. Katropa desire to sustain their winning streak from their first two games and join surprisingly unbeaten Mahindra Enforcers (3-0) win-loss in the lead.
PBA handed Calvin Abueva, the Best Player of the Commissioner’s Cup a P22,000 fine as well as a game-ban, which he will serve today against TNT for elbowing Chris Ellis of Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Aces will be heading for the 2nd victory after starting with a loss and edging out Barangay Ginebra with a morale-boosting score of 109-100 in overtime last Sunday.
Alaska Coach Alex Compton expressed his concern of playing without Abueva:
“Talk ’N Text (TNT) is one of the best teams in the league, and without one of the best players in the league (Abueva), it’s going to be tough for us. It just actually become tougher.”
Texters on the other hand are too facing manpower issues with four main players, counting Kelly Williams, rookie centre Troy Rosario and defensive expert Matt Ganuelas-Rosser not attending the game because of injuries. TNT import Mario Little will be ranged against veteran LeDontae Henton, a southpaw who added solid 33 points, 12 rebounds for the team in the face-off with Meralco.
Jong Uichico, TNT Katropa coach is quite positive for the team as few days off will benefit the Texters to prepare against Aces.
“We had a couple of days off and plenty of time to prepare for Alaska. Hopefully, that works in our favor,” said Uichico.
TNT outlasted Elasto Painters in the opener, but Painters bounced back to claim their first victory last Saturday against winless Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters 106-86 win-loss. Blackwater as well escaped Star Hotshots last Friday to post their first win 100-98.