DESPITE a 3-0 start, Cebuana Lhuillier has yet to show its true character, something which coach Boycie Zamar hopes the Gems will finally display when the PBA D-League Foundation Cup resumes after the Holy Week break.
Although fancied to make a statement this conference after acquiring talented players such as Moala Tautuaa, Simon Enciso, Norbert Torres, and Almond Vosotros, the Gems had struggled for the early part of their campaign.
Such was the case in their previous game against KeraMix when they bungled a 34-point lead before eking out a 95-88 decision last March 26.
The Gems also needed to come back from a 21-point deficit in beating Cafe France, 86-85, in their conference opener last March 16.
Zamar stressed the Gems have yet to win in convincing fashion.
“Dapat ‘yung consistency lumabas ngayon,” he said. “We saw a lot of games in the PBA and in the D-League na lumaki ‘yung lamang tapos pagdating sa fourth, doon nadali.”
“’Yung character, wala pa rin para sa akin. They have to win convincingly and consistently,” he added.
But there’s no denying the fast 3-0 start is huge to Cebuana’s title bid since the tournament is only a short one, with each team playing a total of nine games in the eliminations and the top two advancing outright to the semifinals.
“Malaking bagay na rin ‘yun dahil may puhunan ka na,” said Zamar.
Next for the Gems is a match-up against Tanduay Light on April 13, or a total of 18-day break from their last game against KeraMix.
“It doesn’t mean na mag-bebreak kami,” Zamar said about the long respite that already includes the Holy Week. “Tanduay is a very dangerous team.”