BIG Chill coach Robert Sison doesn’t see the team’s loss at the end of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup elimination round as a setback when the Superchargers gear up for their semifinals showdown against Blackwater Sports.
Game One of the semis series will be on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Prior to their final eliminations game, the Superchargers appeared on the verge of clinching the first ever top seed in franchise history, only for them to suffer a stunning 84-68 loss at the hands of Hog’s Breath Café on January 30.
Big Chill was relegated as the no. 2 seed following the loss, but still earned an outright semifinal berth.
Sison was quick to downplay the defeat, saying his team remains confident going to its best-of-three affair against the streaking Blackwater Sports.
“Being the number two to enter the semis outright gives our team that added confidence,” said Sison. “I should say that going into the semis, our confidence is intact knowing that we have beaten Blackwater in the eliminations. That sort of gives us a psychological advantage.”
Big Chill defeated Blackwater Sports, 90-83, last November 12.
Sison and the rest of his coaching staff were on hand to scout sixth-seed Blackwater Sports in its knockout match against third-ranked Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, 91-81, on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena for the last semifinal seat.
The red-hot Elite have now won four straight do-or-die matches to sustain their title bid despite finishing sixth at the end of the eliminations.
Upon watching Blackwater beat Jumbo Plastic, Sison sees the Elite still beatable even with their winning run.
“We are aware that Blackwater is on a winning streak. Our scouting reports have shown strengths and weaknesses in its game. We have to beat its full and half-court trapping defense, and we are ready to beat any kind of zone that it will throw at us.”
During their winning streak, Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac has been crediting his players for dictating the tempo of the game through their defensive pressure, as shown in the Elite’s huge second half comeback when they overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Giants in their knockout quarterfinal game.
Sison said the Superchargers will have to make sure Blackwater will not be the ones dictating the game in their semifinal series.
“I don’t think Blackwater can say that it will dictate the tempo, play its usual game, and slow us down. They will be on the other end looking for adjustments on what we are going to do to them,” said Sison.
Reil Cervantes and Brian Heruela are expected to take charge for the Superchargers in their series with the Elite.