Streaking Marinerong Pilipino braces for vengeful Tanduay in do-or-die quarterfinal match
Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal and Tanduay mentor Lawrence Chongson lead their respective veteran-laden teams in a crucial clash to decide who faces Cignal in the semifinals. Dante Peralta

TANDUAY coach Lawrence Chongson remained confident heading into a do-or-die match against a streaking Marinerong Pilipino squad in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals.

The Rhum Masters, after all, thrive when backs are against the wall.

"Itong mga ganitong do-or-die games ang nagpapa-excite sa amin. We would've wanted to go the easy way out, but it is what is," said Chongson, whose team was stunned by the Skippers, 74-72, last Thursday to force a decider.

"Our opponents were able to prove that in spite of being newcomers, they're no pushovers. So we'll have to show them more respect, I suppose, moving forward to Game 2," he added.

The match starts at 4 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, with the victor advancing to the semifinals against Cignal. 

But it will take everything for Tanduay to take down an inspired Skippers, who are riding a six-game winning streak. 

For Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal, though, such momentum won't matter in the 4 p.m. tussle that features two veteran-laden teams.

"It’s going to be a new day,” said Banal, who will lean anew on Robbie Herndon, Mark Isip, and Julian Sargent.

“We’re just as good as our last game. We may be in a momentum, but Tanduay is a different kind of animal. We have to prepare hard and work hard with them again to get the win.” 

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