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    Pressure on Heruela, new boy Celada as Big Chill looks to move on after Cervantes' departure

    Mar 19, 2014
    Robert Sison is pinning his hopes on players like Brian Heruela to keep Big Chill among the title contenders in the D-League Foundation Cup. Jerome Ascano / Dante Peralta

    BIG CHILL is unfazed by the loss of Reil Cervantes as the team confident it will still be among the top contenders for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup set to open on March 24.

    The Superchargers lost one of the key pieces from the team that finished runner-up to NLEX in the Aspirants Cup when Cervantes signed up for Blackwater Sports for the coming conference.

    Cervantes was instrumental in Big Chill’s run last conference, becoming one of the candidates for the Conference Most Valuable Player award.

    But head coach Robert Sison is still positive about their chances despite Cervantes’ absence as he is counting on holdovers Rodney Brondial, Dexter Maiquez, Jeckster Apinan, Michael Miranda, and Allan Santos to take over collectively for the team.

    “We believe that this is the best chance for our big guys to step up and show their wares,” said Sison. “After all, being part of Big Chill means big chances and that is one major statement that our team owner James Tiu emphasizes.”

    Big Chill also made moves in the offseason, signing three-point shooter Adrian Celada from Cagayan Valley and Frank Bonifacio for this conference.

    Celada and Bonifacio join the Big Chill core of Brian Heruela, Mar Villahermosa, Janus Lozada, Jong Baloria and Badong Canlas.

    “We strongly think that we are still a force to be reckoned with. We are excited about this conference,” said Sison.

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    Robert Sison is pinning his hopes on players like Brian Heruela to keep Big Chill among the title contenders in the D-League Foundation Cup. Jerome Ascano / Dante Peralta
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