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    Championship-hungry Big Chill hopes to ward off Blackwater in semis showdown

    Feb 17, 2014
    Coach Robert Sison is eyeing a second finals appearance after Big Chill’s second-place finish in the Foundation Cup two seasons ago. Jerome Ascano

    THE last time Big Chill was in the finals was in 2012 when the team still had Alex Mallari, Keith Jensen, and Jewel Ponferrada, all of whom are now in the PBA.

    Missing the PBA D-League finals for two consecutive times are enough reason for the Superchargers to be the hungrier team, according to Big Chill head coach Robert Sison.

    “We really want it more, I think that’s a no-brainer,” said Sison. “The last time we were in the finals, players ko pa sila Mallari, Jensen, and Ponferrada. Nasa PBA na sila. Mas gusto namin makapasok sa finals.”

    That Mallari, Jensen, and Ponferrada-backed Big Chill reached the finals in the 2012 Foundation Cup where they were swept by NLEX.

    “I know they are hungry but we are hungrier,” Sison proclaimed.

    Big Chill faces Blackwater Sports on Tuesday for the deciding Game Three of the Aspirants Cup semifinals, the winner of which will face NLEX for the crown.

    Game time is at 3 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

    Fighting for their lives after making it to the semifinals outright, the Superchargers are coming off a rousing Game Two win, 95-84, on Thursday that forced the knockout match for a finals seat.

    Dexter Maiquez came up big for the Superchargers with 25 points in the Game Two victory.

    As cliché as it sounds, Sison said the winner of Game Three will come down to who wants it more.

    “Game Three, i-tapon mo na lahat ng stats. Players na ang maglalaro diyan. Whoever has the bigger heart and desire to win, ’yun ang mananalo,” Sison said.

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    Blackwater Sports, whose four-game winning run was snapped by Big Chill in Game Two, is eyeing its second straight finals appearance against NLEX.

    Sison said Blackwater will definitely make a tough stand for Game Three.

    Allan Mangahas had 21 points for Blackwater but Jericho Cruz was only limited to four markers.

    “We will be ready for Blackwater’s adjustments. Coach Leo (Isaac) is a good coach and we will be ready for that,” said Sison.

    Game One of the best-of-three finals series will start on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, right before the fourth game of the Philippine Cup championship showdown between San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine.

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    Coach Robert Sison is eyeing a second finals appearance after Big Chill’s second-place finish in the Foundation Cup two seasons ago. Jerome Ascano
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