Talk 'n Text to replace Lebanon for MVP Cup

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Make that two Philippine teams for the Master Gameface MVP Cup.

Talk 'n Text will become the fourth team which will complete the cast for the pocket tournament on Sept. 11-13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters will also be the second pro club to grace the event as Kiwi squad Wellington Saints already confirmed their participation.

TNT will take over the spot of Lebanon, which because of financial constraints opted to back out of the tournament and even another pocket tournament in China.

The Master Gameface MVP Cup will serve as the final tune-up series for Gilas Pilipinas as well as Chinese Taipei in preparation for the FIBA Asia Championship on Sept. 23-Oct. 3, where an outright berth to the 2016 Summer Olympics is at stake.

However, this could mean the announcement of Gilas' "Final 12" will happen anytime soon as some of the key players of the Texters are part of the national pool.

Ginebra was considered to fill the void left by Lebanon, but the team declined the invitation.