RACAL is not lowering its guard in the semifinals against Tanduay, a team it swept in the elimination round of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The Tile Master have a twice-to-beat advantage but coach Caloy Garcia remains wary of the Rhum Masters side loaded with veterans.
They face off on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.
Phoenix and Cafe France dispute the other finals slot.
"Yung dalawang panalo namin sa Tanduay, close games. They're very experienced," said Garcia.
"All the four teams are strong. The only advantage that you can really get is the twice to beat."
Garcia added that adjustments may be needed, with Tanduay now parading Kevin Ferrer.
"We haven't played against him yet," said Garcia, referring to the lanky cager who posts a threat in the three and four positions and "might change some game plan for us."
The amiable tactician, though, believes his wards, who are out to prove they can win it all even without the help of former key players Jio Jalalon and Jason Perkins.
"It's more of a challenge this conference because we lost two of our probably best players in Jio and Perk," Garcia said.
"I think the reason why the players are playing this way is they also want to prove they can win games without them."