NLEX is one game from a perfect conference but Big Chill is out to spoil the party as the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals resumes.
Game Two of the title series is set at 2 p.m. at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan on Thursday, with the Road Warriors looking to complete an 11-game sweep of the season and lift their third consecutive crown.
“We’ll definitely go if we get an opportunity. It’s an achievement not only for me but also for the whole NLEX organization,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
The best-of-three series was expected to be an exciting showdown of offense against defense, but the Superchargers’ attack never got going in a one-sided Game One that ended 86-71.
The Road Warriors look all set to repeat the rout although Fernandez tried to play down the “overwhelming favorites” tag.
“This is their first game in the championship so I think that was the reason why the result was lopsided,” Fernandez said. “But I do expect them to come back in Game Two. We won one game but for us, it’s still zero-zero.”
Big Chill averaged 80 points per game prior to the series while NLEX has allowed its opponents to score only an average of 62 points.
NLEX also outclassed Big Chill in the rebounding department, 45-27, a huge factor that Superchargers coach Robert Sison hopes to correct in the second match.
“Kitang-kita sa rebounding ’yung aggressiveness nila. They were the more aggressive team, they were the better team,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.
One thing going for Big Chill is that it is no stranger to being on the brink of elimination.
During the best-of-three semifinal series, Cebuana Lhuillier took the series opener but Big Chill won the next two games to advance into the finals.
“We’ve been here before noong natalo kami sa Cebuana. I’m confident that we can come back,” said Sison.