FOLLOWING their lopsided victories, NLEX and Cagayan Valley try to arrange a finals match-up when the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals resume on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Road Warriors face Jose Rizal University at 2 p.m. while the Rising Suns take on Blackwater Sports at 4 p.m. as they try to complete a sweep of their best-of-three semifinal series.
NLEX had a 54-day break and preparations for the semifinals were hampered by the absence of several players who are also part of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool, but there was no sign of rust as the Road Warriors pummeled the Heavy Bombers, 105-85, in Game One.
Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley wrested the series opener after a 91-76 romp over the Elite, an early semifinalist, to move within a victory of a finals berth.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said he won’t take JRU lightly as the Road Warriors try to stay on course for a four straight league crown.
“They know this is just a short series so we can’t afford to lose Game One. The guys are determined to win,” said Fernandez.
The Rising Suns are one victory shy of a championship berth and are hoping to continue its surge after going 0-9 in their debut conference in the 2011 Foundation Cup.
“Consistency pa rin sa depensa. Minsan nag-rerelax pa talaga. Marami pang pwede mangyari kaya hindi kami puwede mag-relax,” said Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua.
Game Three, if necessary, will be played on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.