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MVP, Jong Uichico claim bad officiating one of the reasons for Talk ‘N Text’s loss in Game 2

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters played better in Game 2 on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to carry the team to victory. The Tropang Texters vented their ire on the referees, claiming bad officiating was one of the reasons why the team lost. Talk ‘N Text also lost Game 1 in convincing fashion as the team now trails the series, 0-2.

The Tropang Texters battled the Beermen toe-to-toe in Game 2, but they are questioning several calls that somehow frustrated the squad, including one on Larry Fonacier.

No less than Manuel V. Pangilinan, team owner of Talk ‘N Text, led the team’s outcry on bad officiating.

Jong Uichico, one of the most successful coaches San Miguel Beer ever had, also took shots against his former team after the game.

“It’s a given when you’re playing against the San Miguel group. I’ve been there,” said Uichico, who coached the Beermen from 1999 to 2005 and led the team to six championships before transferring to Barangay Ginebra.

When Uichico was demoted to the role of assistant coach to long-time deputy Siot Tanquingcen, the multi-titled veteran coach then moved to the MVP Group where he served as consultant to Meralco and eventually as head coach of Talk ‘N Text, replacing Norman Black.

Uichico is hoping to see an improvement in officiating come Game 3 where the Tropang Texters are hard-pressed to win to avoid being on the brink of elimination.

Free throw woes

If there’s one aspect the Tropang Texters should look at apart from their claim of bad officiating, it should be their free throw shooting.

The team collectively shot 50% from the foul line (12-of-24).

Jayson Castro, the team’s best player, struggled for 3-of-7 shooting from the foul line, the same shooting percentage of rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Harvey Carey also missed two free throw shots.

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