BLACKWATER Sports tries to wrap up the title and put an end to NLEX’s domination in the PBA Developmental League on Tuesday when they clash in Game Two of the Foundation Cup Finals at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
“Sana nga matapos na,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac.
The Elite, in their first finals appearance, stunned the four-time champions on Thursday in Game One of the championship, 70-67, and hope to prevent NLEX from mounting a comeback.
Game Two is set at 3 p.m.
Isaac said the four-day rest allowed his troops to rest and recharge.
“More important, it allowed them to condition their minds that they can beat NLEX,” Isaac said.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez admitted his charges were outplayed in Game One.
“We didn’t match (Blackwater’s) energy. But I thought the turning point was the third quarter when we gave up 27 points and 15 rebounds. Also, Blackwater made stops in the end and we didn’t,” Fernandez said.
While Isaac said he is expecting some adjustments to be made by the Road Warriors on offense and defense, Fernandez mainly spoke of his players’ attitude towards the game. Fernandez had earlier lamented the team’s “lack of energy” in the series opener.
NLEX held a slim lead with a little over two minutes to play but was outhustled by Blackwater in the next plays.
“We just lost Game One but it isn’t over yet. They still have to beat us one more game. We’ll be ready for Game Two. We just have to bring the right mindset and attitude if we intend to extend the series to Game Three,” he said.
Justin Chua and Allan Mangahas led Blackwater in scoring in Game One, registering 17 and 16 points respectively, while Kevin Ferrer and Pari Llagas came up with huge plays in the dying moments to lift the Elite.
Garvo Lanete scored 12, while Nico Salva and Ronald Pascual had 10 apiece for NLEX.