BIG CHILL enters Tuesday’s deciding match in the quarterfinals in high spirits, convinced it can complete an upset over twice-to-beat Cebuana Lhuillier after pulling off a big win last week in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Cebuana Lhuillier is the fourth seed and entered the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat edge, but Big Chill staved off elimination with a rousing 72-64 win.
Now it’s do or die for both teams in the 2 p.m. match at the Meralco Gym, with the winner earning the right to battle top seed NLEX in the semifinals.
“A lot of people have been asking me if we can do it again. I tell you we are going to do it,” said Sison.
The Superchargers had been in the same situation, reaching the semifinals as fifth seeds in the 2013 Foundation Cup following a series win over the now-defunct Fruitas Shakers.
“We have been in this kind of pressure, we can handle it,” Sison said.
But the Gems are definitely aching to bounce back. They are seeking to reach the semifinals of the league for the first time after six conferences when they reached the finals of the inaugural Foundation Cup in the 2010-2011 season.
Sison said his team will be ready for Cebuana Lhuillier's adjustments.
“Cebuana generates its offense from their off screen picks. So we really have to study their plays. I’m sure they’ll be ready for us so we have to really be prepared. I know they will come back strong,” Sison said.