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Ginebra Gin Kings underdogs in series against Talk n' Text Tropang Texters

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PHOTO SOURCE: pba.inquirer.net
With injuries to their top scorer and valuable big men, Ginebra finds itself in familiar territory as heavy underdogs in their series against Talk n' Text, loaded with championship experience and a lot of bench depth. Fight kicks off Friday night at 6:45 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Still missing injured players Mark Caguioa and Billy Mamaril, the Kings entered the game fresh from grinding out two emotionally-charged wins over second seed Rain or Shine to advance to the best-of-five semis series.
Despite the loss of two players, Coach Alfrancis Chua of Ginebra will be banking on its "sixth man" or the fans in other words as the Kings face a daunting task. "Ang fans ng Ginebra ang sixth man namin. Kapag sumigaw sila, dire-diretso. Sila ang bumubuhay sa amin,"[i/] Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua affirms.
New acquisition Josh Urbiztondo, who provided added energy and hustle during the quarterfinal playoffs against the Elasto Painters, is again expected to have his hands full trying to contain Talk 'N Text's phalanx of speedy guards composed of Jason Castro, former league MVP Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, and Jared Dilinger.
Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black acknowledged that even without Caguioa and Mamaril, Ginebra remains a dangerous opponent owing to its solid bench support.
Game One of the series will give import Vernon Macklin the opportunity to redeem himself against Talk `N Text rival Jerome Jordan following a very low 12-point production the last time the two teams met.
"Macklin and LA will be major headaches but we will not also take the others for granted because their support cast has been playing well," said Black.
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Last Modified: 2014-Sep-29 13.28.54 UTC +0800