FOLLOWING their conquest of the PBA Philippine Cup title and return to the top of the local professional league, the TnT Tropang Giga are looking towards more success moving forward.
Immediate on their sights is the next tournament in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) calendar which is targeted to start late this month possibly back in Metro Manila.
TnT is aiming to make it back-to-back titles after waiting for six years to be crowned champions anew.
“As much as we want to savor this (Philippine Cup title), we’re now looking forward to the next. On to the next, and I hope we can compete well again,” TnT coach Chot Reyes following their 94-79 Game Five victory on Friday that completed for them a 4-1 finals series win over the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots.
The win ended for the Tropang Giga a six-year title drought and gave them their sixth All-Filipino title in franchise history and eighth championship overall in the PBA.
TnT dominated Magnolia in the series on solid collective effort and desire to continuously better itself.
It is the same track it wants to establish in the next conference, which is being eyed as an import-laced tournament.
The Tropang Giga are looking at their options for possible reinforcement, including bringing back former import Terrence Jones, who helped the team reach the finals of the Commissioner’s Cup in 2019.
Apart from finding the right import, TnT is also banking on having its core playing on top of their game and staying resilient and hungry.
The PBA is looking to kick off the second conference this month in line with its push two have at least two tournaments this season as opposed to the lone conference held in 2020 because of the pandemic.
It is angling to have the action back in the National Capital Region after finishing the Philippine Cup in a semi-bubble in Bacolor, Pampanga.
The league is currently in talks with pertinent government agencies regarding the staging of the second conference while the teams are also girding for the possible start. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo