BIG Chill tries to bounce back from its latest defeat and stay in contention for an outright semifinals berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.
The Superchargers take on Informatics on Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the JCSGO gym, badly needing a victory to keep their slim hopes of direct passage into the semis alive.
Big Chill’s 59-77 loss to the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns last week endangered its bid for a direct passage into the Final Four.
Both the Superchargers and Rising Suns are tied for third and fourth spots with similar 5-3 (win-loss) record, one-and-a-half games behind second-running Blackwater Sports Elite (6-2)
Slim as it may, the Superchargers still have a shot at the No. 2 seeding, although they don’t have control of their destiny.
Big Chill is hard-pressed to win its last two outings and hope Blackwater Sports split its last two assignments to force a tie at No. 2.
Big Chill winds up its elimination round campaign against Café France on January 31.
The Bakers (4-4) battle the Boracay Rum Waves (3-5) in the day’s other game at 2 o’clock. Both teams are also hard-pressed to win to enhance their respective bids for a playoff spot.
Café France is looking to sweep its last two games to earn a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, while Boracay Rum hopes to win its last two assignments and hopefully have a shot for the last quarterfinals berth.
Assuming Big Chill and Blackwater Sports wind up tied for No.2, the Superchargers will clinch the second outright semifinals seat by virtue of the winner-over-the-other-rule. Big Chill defeated Blackwater Sports, 74-63, in the elimination round.
Coach Robert Sison, the Big Chill coach, suggested it won’t be easy.
Informatics has long been out of contention from the playoff race and remains the only team without a win in the tournament. But its desire to end their winless record makes it a dangerous opponent, Sison said.
“Our team should enter the game against Informatics with a must-win attitude. We know how hard it is to play a team who will enter the game and play without pressure,” Sison said.
“We just have to play and step it up on defense to snatch a win against Informatics.”