BIG CHILL coach Robert Sison rued their flat start in the series opener of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup finals, saying the Superchargers cannot afford to leave it late before making a charge when they battle NLEX again in Game Two on Wednesday.
The Superchargers fell behind early, 8-23, in the second quarter and NLEX went on to win, 79-75, on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Big Chill launched a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was simply too huge for the team to overcome.
The Road Warriors can wrap up the best-of-three series on Wednesday afternoon at The Big Dome, right before Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup finals between San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine.
“I told my players that if we want to beat NLEX, we have to play consistent ball from start until the final buzzer,” said Sison, a day after its Game One loss.
Reil Cervantes had 17 points and Brian Heruela came up with 12 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists for Big Chill in Game One.
Sison said the Superchargers can’t expect to build another comeback and win in Game Two with NLEX on the brink of its fifth title in six conferences in the developmental league.
“NLEX was able to dictate and control the game. We cannot play catch up basketball and expect to steal a win in the end against a very strong team in NLEX,” he said.
NLEX and Big Chill also clashed for the title in the 2012 Foundation Cup, with the Road Warriors winning in two games.