Many believe that if this series goes 6 or 7 games, that it would favor the younger and fresher Rain or Shine team.
Seems that Coach Norman Black doesn’t wanna take any chances.
Talk N Text again relied on their defense which held Rain or Shine to 35.5% shooting for the game to take a deadly 2-0 lead in their best of 7 finals series.They were lead by Ranidel De Ocampo’s career game of 24 points, scoring from both inside and outside and Jayson Castro (21 points) being his normal wreckless, but efficient self.
For Rain or Shine, their lone bright spots were from JR Quinahan (16 pts, 6 rebs) and Jervy Cruz (12 pts, 7 rebs). Paul Lee also ended the game with double figures (15), but he has not really played like his normal self in these Rain or Shine losses.
Through two games, De Ocampo has been Talk N Text’s saving grace. He hit two very crucial treys in game 1 and turned in a career performance in game 2. Coach Yeng is really in a tough pickle here, he could design his defense to specifically try to contain Ranidel, but that leaves the door open for the other TNT players to have big games.
This is really the Texter’s series to lose now. They come into game 3 tomorrow with all the momentum in the world. For Rain or Shine, they know that there’s no coming out of a 0-3 hole. They have to come out with everything they’ve got in game 3 and try to save their championship hopes.
Some interesting statistics:
- Jimmy Alapag is now a member of the PBA’s top 10 all time assist leaders.
- Talk about dominance: Talk N Text has now been in the lead 96% of the minutes that have been played in the whole series.