BLACKWATER Sports likes its chances in its PBA D-League Aspirants Cup quarterfinal match-up against Jumbo Plastic Linoleum despite the need to overcome a twice-to-beat advantage.
As the sixth-seeded team, the Elite try to force a deciding game against the Giants in their 2 p.m. encounter Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The winner of the quarterfinal series will face second-ranked Big Chill in a best-of-three semifinal series.
Following their title conquest in the Foundation Cup, the Elite barely made it to the quarterfinal round this conference after finishing with an 8-5 win-loss slate.
They will face a Giants side which finished with a 10-3 win-loss slate including an overtime victory against the Elite, 79-72, last December 19, after Eliot Tan buried the basket that forced the extra period.
Despite being in a hole, Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac has enough reasons to remain confident about his team’s chances.
“We like our chances considering na ‘yung game namin sa eliminations, parang na-tsambahan kami dun sa last-second shot that sent the game into overtime,” said Isaac.
“In a way, we can motivate the players that these guys owed us one game and it is payback time,” said Isaac.
The Giants, however, are determined to make it to the semifinals after stellar plays from Jason Ballesteros, Jan Colina, and Tan throughout the conference.
The game will be the first for the Giants in the last 19 days after fnishing the eliminations with an 82-70 win over Cebuana Lhuillier last January 16.
During the break, the Giants had tune-up games against college teams in order to stay sharp for the playoffs.