BIG CHILL and Boracay Rum are not about to give defending champion NLEX and Blackwater Sports a breeze to the Finals of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The Superchargers hope to avert a Road Warriors sweep of their semis series as they meet again in Game 2 of their best-of-three match-up set at 4 p.m. at the Blue Eagle gym.
The Waves meanwhile, are also seeking to do the same in their 2 p.m. encounter with Blackwater.
Big Chill lost to NLEX, 59-66, in the series opener, but was in contention in the first three quarters only to sputter in the end, no thanks to the daunting Road Warriors’ defense.
“We will continue to do what we did right in Game 1 and make some minor adjustments,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison. “We have to come out aggressive and double our intensity because it’s a no-tomorrow ball game for us.”
Lack of playoff experience proved to be a factor in Boracay Rum’s 79-69 loss to Blackwater also on Tuesday as the Waves are in their first semis stint.
“We’ve got no other choice but to fight back,” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson. “I thought the nerves got the better of my boys in Game One. But this is a best-of-three. It’s not yet over.”
Meantime, Blackwater Sports likes its chances on a possible first Finals appearance in franchise history.
“We have momentum on our side,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac. “The one day break, I guess, works to our favor. The guys are very motivated. We have an opportunity to make the Finals and we’ll definitely go for the clincher on Thursday.”
NLEX, however, hopes its game increases a notch higher following the Game 1 win.
“If we play the way we did in Game 1, I don’t think we could win,” admitted NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. “We’re just lucky to win Game 1 and we’re lucky Greg (Slaughter) was around to save the day. We definitely have to better in Game 2.”