B-MEG shoots for the clincher against Talk ‘N Text in Game Six of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Llamados and the Tropang Texters collide at 6:45 p.m. with the former trying to wrap up the series and nail their ninth PBA title in franchise history.
“The pressure is on us to close out the series,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone minutes after their 82-66 demolition of the defending champions last Wednesday.
“Hopefully we could have another effort like that.”
James Yap and Denzel Bowles were the Llamados’ 1-2 scoring punch, hitting 30 and 28 points respectively. They combined for 58 points, just eight shy of matching the Tropang Texters’ total output for the game.
Cone also commended Yancy de Ocampo and JC Intal for providing quality minutes while Marc Pingris contributed as well despite having to play through a dislocated finger.
A win by the Llamados will be Cone’s 14th PBA title, a crown away from tying the all-time record of Baby Dalupan, who has 15.
Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes admitted that B-MEG’s defense was too much for them in Game Five and questioned the players’ desire to win for another title.
“I just have to prepare these guys,” said Reyes, whose team is 5-0 when facing elimination this season.
“At this point, players must have self motivation. Players need to decide if they still want to give it a final push.”
The Tropang Texters have won three of the last four conferences and are on their fifth straight finals appearance.
Reyes hopes that his players could rediscover the desire tonight to send the best-of-seven championship series to a winner-take-all Game Seven on Sunday.
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