Consistency will be the main point of emphasis on Friday when powerhouse TNT and unpredictable Phoenix square off in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is at 4:15 p.m, with the KaTropa and the Fuel Masters, both sporting identical 2-2 cards, raring to bounce back from a pair of big losses over the weekend while trying to put their respective title campaigns back on track.
TNT is smarting from an 87-98 setback dealt by sister team Meralco exactly a week ago while Phoenix couldn’t do anything better against Star following its 123-79 beating over the weekend.
KaTropa coach Nash Racela has simplified what his wards need to do for them to get a needed tonic.
“Consistency in effort on both ends. We need to work to be rewarded,” he said.
Racela’s counterpart, Ariel Vanguardia of Phoenix, offered the same view, aware the Fuel Masters have to do more than what they’ve been doing in order to pull the rug from under the favored KaTropa.
“We need to play consistent basketball on both ends. TNT is a superstar studded team. We have to outwork them, battle them every possession,” he pointed out.
Top guard Jayson Castro and fellow veteran Ranidel De Ocampo are expected to lead a balanced TNT attack while wingman JC Intal and rookie Matthew Wright are tipped to show the way for Phoenix. – Jerome Lagunzad
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