BLACKWATER Sports and NLEX try to arrange a championship rematch as they seek to sweep their respective semifinals series in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Elite battle the Big Chill Superchargers in the first game at 2 p.m., before the Road Warriors go up against the Hog’s Breath Razorbacks at 4 p.m. in Game Two of their best-of-three showdowns.
Both Blackwater and NLEX hold 1-0 lead in the series.
For coach Leo Isaac of Blackwater, a Game Two victory is a must for the Elite – who are on track to winning their fifth straight game - as they don’t want to give the Superchargers any opportunity to force a deciding game.
“We want to finish the series. We don’t want to delay our goal,” said Isaac.
Victories by the Elite and the Road Warriors will set up a return bout between the two proud franchises since their title meeting in the Finals of the Foundation Cup last June.
Blackwater Sports swept NLEX in the best-of-three series for its maiden league championship, while snapping the Road Warriors’ run of four straight championships.
Isaac said he wants to win especially with the morale of Blackwater Sports still on a high following its 84-72 win over Big Chill in Game One.
“We are using those victories to motivate the players and improve their confidence level,” said the champion coach.
Like Isaac, NLEX counterpart Boyet Fernandez also hopes for a sweep of its own series, although he expects Hog’s Breath to come out fighting after losing the opener on Tuesday, 99-74.
“Hopefully we could carry the momentum of the Game One victory over into the next game,” said Fernandez. “We have one more game to win.”
Fernandez is wary of the Razorbacks, who he feels will come out determined after shooting poorly in Game One.
“They missed a lot of three-point attempts and also shot poorly from the free throw line. But they’ll be dangerous in Game 2,” Fernandez said.