With not much change in their lineup, the TNT KaTropa Texters bank on their training abroad as they seek a winning start in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday.
In preparation for the new season, the Texters pitched an 11-day training camp in Lithuania highlighted by four matches against a Kazakh squad, the Lithuanian junior men’s team and two Lithuanian club teams.
Their sights are set on staying as a title contender after a solid showing last season where they finished fourth in the Philippine Cup, second in the Commissioner’s Cup and third in the Governors Cup.
Not surprisingly, they are considered among the teams to beat in the season where they open their campaign versus the Elasto Painters at 7 p.m.
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Game System: The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports. Single-round robin eliminations; 11 games per team; Teams are then seeded by basis on win-loss records. Ties are broken among the head-to-head records of the tied teams.