WITH Go for Gold still lacking chemistry two games into the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, coach Charles Tiu remains wary as the Scratchers take on Centro Escolar University on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
“I'm still not that confident,” Tiu bared ahead of the 3 p.m. clash.
The Scratchers are actually off to a fine start, but Tiu credits the first two wins to the players’ individual skill, with James Martinez and Gab Banal stepping up in those early assignments.
It would take more than that for Go for Gold to hurdle the rejigged CEU squad, which features budding guard Orlan Wamar and Cameroonian big man Gilles Oloume, that’s why Tiu is hoping the week-long preparation would be enough.
“They’re going to be a tough team,” he admitted. “Hopefully, with the few days we have to prepare, we can do better because they are a pressing team.”
Meanwhile, Che’Lu Bar and Grill hopes to showcase its own improved chemistry when it takes on AMA Online Education in the first game at 1 p.m.
The Revellers consider the 88-71 victory over Marinerong Pilipino as a turning point for them.
“I asked for the players’ commitment, lalo na sa veterans, and masaya naman ako na nagre-respond sila,” he said.
Jeff Viernes will once again be at the forefront of the Che’Lu attack, while bruisers Jessie Collado and Jay-R Taganas will backstop him in the paint.
On the other hand, AMA is desperate to score a win as it is the lone team yet to crack a victory in the second conference.
What’s working in the Titans’ favor, though, is Owen Graham finally looking like the top pick that he is as the Fil-Am forward will be counted on to lead the attack for his side.