Can the B-Meg Llamados truly be on the upperhand? Or can the Talk N Text Tropang Texters send a strong signal that they deserve to retain their crown.
Each of the team is expected to slug it out as they use their respective prowess to dictate and make a good headstart of this battle.
Individually, both teams matched perfectly. The B-Meg backcourt generals (composed of): Josh Urbiztondo, Jonas Villanueva, PJ Simon, and Mark Barroca are evenly matched up with the TNT explosive point guards: Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes and Jason Castro. In terms of perimeter and three’s, B-Meg’s James Yap, a former MVP will shoot out with Larry Fonacier, last conference Finals MVP. Finally, in the heavyweight bout (forward and center position), the TNT gang of Harvey Carvey, Ali Peek, Jarred Dilinger, Kelly Williams, Ranidel de Ocampo and Japeth Aguilar will bully its way under the shaded basket against Joe Devance, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, JC Intal and Rafi Reavis. Equally important attention will be spotted to Denzel Bowles and Donnel Harvey, the two imports who are expected to deliver their respective teams to the Promised Land.
Strategically, bench tacticians are very well knowledgeable the playing styles of their opponents. Coach Chot Reyes who is commonly identified with a run-and-gun game with a dish-and-drive alternative for their jumpshooters will go against his former mentor Coach Tim Cone. The latter that used to be with the Alaska team, will use the scientific execution of ball movement known as the Triangle Offense.
“It will be close and it will be about who’s able to execute at the finish,” said Reyes. He added that ““B-Meg has the depth advantage… They are also fresher as we’re playing our fifth Finals in a row.”
“If they can play up-tempo, we may not have the chance. But if we can slow them down, make the game ugly, then we have a chance… they’ve been playing a lot of games. But I feel on my experience, the experience you gather doing it over and over again, winning in every conceivable way, makes your confidence extremely high” said Cone.