Big Chill played with a sense of urgency, overwhelming Cebuana Lhuillier, 111-70, on Tuesday at the San Juan Gym to force a do-or-die battle for a finals spot in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The Superchargers did everything right as they rebounded from a disappointing 79-66 defeat in Game One and levelled the best-of-three semifinals at one game apiece.
Game Three will be played on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
“They were a better team in Game One,” Big Chill coach Robert Sison said. “Our backs were against the wall so the boys were really motivated to force a Game Three.”
Alex Mallari scored 20 points including 10 in the first period to lead five Big Chill players in double figures. All of Sison's players got into the scoring act.
Big Chill shot 55 percent from the field on 20-for-36 shooting in a game they put to bed by opening up a 54-31 lead in the second period.
Cebuana Lhuillier, frustrated by the calls of game officials, was slapped with a technical foul for a second delay of game warning in the third quarter when the players, upon instructions of the coaching staff, stayed on the bench upon the resumption of play.
Lester Alvarez topscored for the Gems with 11 points while Vic Manuel was held to 10 points.