KARIM ABDUL will be the focal point of Big Chill’s defense when the Superchargers go for their second win against debuting Blackwater Sports in Tuesday’s PBA D-League Aspirants Cup action at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Gametime is at 4 p.m.
The Superchargers scored a 77-76 opening-day win over Jose Rizal University, but now hope to secure a more comfortable win and not rely on late heroics such as Mark Canlas’ buzzer-beater against the Bombers.
Big Chill will be facing an Elite squad beefed up by several players from the Tigers squad that placed second in the UAAP, and Big Chill coach Robert Sison considers Abdul, who finished second in the MVP race to National University’s Bobby Ray Parks in the UAAP, as a big threat.
The other Tigers suiting up for the Elite are Jeric Fortuna, Kevin Ferrer, Paolo Pe, Kim Lo, and Louie Vigil.
“With its UST core, Blackwater is a strong team. We must bring and play our A-game,” said Sison. “My bigs have to step up their game to defend and attack him (Abdul).”
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac, however, said that the team is still a work in progress as they have barely practiced as a unit and their season opener will be the real gauge of their progress.
“So if we have to win against Big Chill we have to play good team basketball,” said Isaac.
In the first game, Cagayan Valley tries to stay on top of the team standings when the Rising Suns face Erase XFoliant at 2 p.m.
Following an atrocious 0-9 win-loss slate in their first stint in the league, the Rising Suns are in the early lead in the team standings with a 2-0 win-loss slate. But head coach Alvin Pua refuses to get carried away.
“We always hurry on our offensive plays kaya marami kaming turnovers,” Pua said. “Marami pang dapat ma-improve.”
Erase XFoliant looks to bounce back after a blowout 71-101 loss to three-time defending champion NLEX in their debut.