CHE’LU Bar and Grill and Centro Escolar University face off for one final time with the last ticket to the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals at stake on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Tip-off is set at 5 p.m., with the winner taking on Go for Gold in the best-of-five championship series.
The Scorpions are coming in confident after stunning the Revellers, 83-78 in Game Two on Thursday, and they are hoping to bank on that experience to make it two in a row.
“We manned up and that’s what we’re telling them,” he said. “The playoff is a man’s game and that’s what we need to do: stand our ground and take what they can give. We have to fight.”
Rich Guinitaran had his best game when it mattered the most, stepping up for CEU as he partnered with Orlan Wamar in forcing the series to a decider.
However, Pumaren acknowledges that the Scorpions remain as the underdog against the veteran-laced Revellers.
For some, Jeff Viernes might be the biggest ace up coach Stevenson Tiu’s sleeve. But the seasoned bench tactician was relentless on telling his wards that Che’Lu must get more production from everyone else and not just its go-to scorer.
“This is not Jeff Viernes’ team alone. This is Che’Lu and lahat dapat mag-contribute,” he said.
The spotlight now is on guys like Chris Bitoon, Levi Hernandez and Jessie Collado for the Revellers to make the return trip to the Finals.