'Overweight' Kevin Ferrer says Tanduay the hungrier team in PBA D-League Finals
Kevin Ferrer gained weight following a long layoff before his D-League stint with Tanduay. Jaime Campos

KEVIN Ferrer was a key factor for Tanduay in its upset of top-seed Racal in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals, but Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson remains unimpressed despite the heroics of his overweight star. 

"Hindi pa (nabura yung doubts). Kailangan natin mag-champion muna bago mabura lahat 'yan. This will be nothing if we don't win it all," said Chongson.

Ferrer and Gelo Alolino shot two three-pointers each to put away Racal in Tuesday's deciding semifinal match and arrange a finals clash with Phoenix.

The former UST star, who made 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, credited his teammates who put their faith in him despite his shooting woes in the previous contests.

"Minsan, parang iniisip ko kailangan ko ng timing pero sila, ine-encourage lang ako to keep on shooting. Kailangan naman namin yun kasi kapag pumutok naman, tuloy-tuloy yan," said Ferrer, who gained weight following a long layoff before his D-League stint with Tanduay.

Still, Chongson is expecting the Gilas cadets stalwart to do more damage when the best-of-three finale begins on Thursday, 4:30 p.m., at the Alonte Gym in Binan, Laguna. 

Ferrer is confident about the chances of the hungrier Rhum Masters looking to win it all in their first finals stint.

"Sa tingin ko, mas gutom kami. Last year, champion sila. Kami, Tanduay, first time lang makapasok. Yun ang advantage namin," he said. 

But Ferrer knows beating a tough Phoenix side led by Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia won't be an easy task, unless they continue to play as a deadly single unit.  

"Kung mag-play kami as a team ulit, hindi imposible. Yun ang key sa amin, hinanap lang namin 'yung hot na teammate sa opensa," he said after Tuesday's win over Racal.

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