Petron Blaze tries to complete one of the biggest upsets in finals history with the clincher in Game 6 against Talk ‘N Text in the 2011 PBA Governors’ Cup finals Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
With a 3-2 lead in the series, the Boosters can wrap it up with a win and deny the Tropang Texters from copping the fifth Grand Slam in league hisoty.
Game time is set at 7 p.m. with Petron holding the momentum after posting another impressive 93-80 win in Game 5.
“Pipilitin naming. But we have to be ready sa gagawing adjustment nila,” said Boosters head coach Ato Agustin who is eyeing his first PBA crown and give the San Miguel franchise its 19th overall.
Talk ‘N Text has been the favorite to annex its third straight title this season and were two wins away of doing that after leading 2-1 in the series.
But Petron responded with two straight wins in games 4 and 5, thanks to the all-around performances of Arwind Santos and Anthony Grundy, and the support of Alex Cabagnot, Danny Ildefonso and Dennis Miranda.
Now, Talk ‘N Text head coach Chot Reyes is in danger of losing this one and worse, they have to pull the comeback minus Jayson Castro, whom he declared out of the series due to an MCL injury in his right knee.
“Noong game 3 pa ‘yon Dapat noong game 4 hindi na siya naglaro, We have to balance his career,” said Reyes. Castro is averaging 17.8 points and 5.3 assist per game in the series.
“Now, we are the underdogs. Maybe, it’s better for us,” he added.
Texters import Scottie Reynolds was again absent in the scheme of things for them in game 5, scoring only five points. This spurred Talk ‘N Text to bring back Maurice Baker for game 6.
Apart from Reynolds, also missing on offense were Jimmy Alapag and Larry Fonacier, who were held to a combined 1-of-11 shooting from the three-point area. Reynolds also shot poorly from deep, going 0-of-6.
“That’s basically the story of game 5. Three-point shooting is a big part of our game because we don’t have a dominant big man. Now, we have to improve on that to have a better chance in game 6,” said Reyes.