LEAGUE newcomer Informatics looked set to go one-and-done in the PBA Developmental League with its dismal showing in the Aspirant’s Cup, but management is apparently still looking to play on and see action in the Foundation Cup.
The Icons, a collection of role players and no stars, went 0-8 before clinching their first win, a 94-87 victory over last conference’s runner-up Big Chill.
But coach Jonathan 'Buds' Reyes said management had told them of the team's plan to stay in the D-League even before the match last week.
Reyes revealed there were locker room whispers regarding a possible withdrawal by the team.
“The past games, questionable kung sasali pa kami because of the losing. But management showed support. Nung Monday, nag-outing kami, whole-day affair and then management said na alam nila na natatalo pero thay said that they won’t leave us. They will continue to support us tapos we will still join next conference,” said Reyes.
Days later, the Icons chalked up their very first victory in the league.
That meant the Icons avoided matching Cagayan Valley’s woeful record of going though one conference without a win.
The confidence showed as early as the first quarter when the Icons built an early 28-18 advantage against a Big Chill team composed of several collegiate stars.
Far Eastern University forward Carl Bryan Cruz missed the game after being suspended by team management, but the rest of the Icons still managed to pull off the win.
“The past games, kinakausap (siya) ng Café France. He wants to transfer sa Café France. So I think ’yun ang nagpakita sa mga bata na matibay ang values ng Informatics,” Reyes said.
“Kasi sabi ng Informatics, kung ayaw mo maglaro sa amin, hindi ka makakalaro sa ibang team.”
“Nagpaalam sa amin. Kaso live ’yung contract niya at bayad na ng buo. I think that motivated the boys na tama ’yung values ng team namin,” said Reyes.
The Icons close out their schedule on January 24 against Cebuana Lhuillier.