Philippine Basketball Association

Reyes: It's all about our heart

source: by Jeric Lopez, Manila Standard Today
posted on: Thursday December 08, 2011 01:07 AM

NEVERMIND all the injuries, Talk ‘N Text still means business and it doesn’t plan on slowing down just because of the roadblocks.

Tropang Texters coach Chot Reyes couldn’t hide his admiration for his players, who continue to bring it every game despite the obstacles.

‘’This team has a big heart. The guys are showing it every game, that’s why we overcome adversities,’’ said Reyes.

Talk ‘N Text, despite most of its key players still in sick bay, still managed to find a way and remain on top (10-3) to finally book the first of two twice-to-beat incentives after topping rival and another top contender in Petron Blaze, 80-78, Tuesday night.

A win in its final assignment against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday will allow Talk ‘N Text to seal the top seeding, heading into the quarterfinals.

With all sorts of injuries to Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, Ali Peek, Jared Dillinger and Aaron Aban in the middle part of the elimination round, there were a lot of doubts if the Tropang Texters can keep their hold on the lead.

But just like the last three conferences, the defending champions still found a way.

‘’We’re playing minus five mainstays, pero ipinapakita ng team na habang may puso, lalaban kami. They are showing their guts. In the end, it’s all about guts. No quit. Life goes on, we got to find a way,’’ said Reyes.

Meanwhile, Kelly Williams added himself to the list of injured Texters after he fractured his nose in the Tuesday game. He was able to finish the game despite the injury.

‘’Confirmed, Kelly’s nose is broken. He finished the game with a fractured nose. That’s heart,’’ said Reyes.

But there are also some positive things on the horizon as Ryan Reyes and Jared Dillinger are expected to be back for the quarterfinals. Reyes is currently rehabilitating his MCL injury and might be ready by next week, while Dillinger is almost done resting his injured left knee.