IT hasn’t been easy for Centro Escolar University to cope with the recent changes to its roster.
But one thing working for the Scorpions is the emergence of new contributors, with Pierce Chan establishing his name as one of the new reliables for acting coach Derrick Pumaren this 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The sweet-shooting forward is having a tear this conference, averaging 15.25 points to lead his side, on top of 7.5 rebounds, and 1.63 assists.
And he has shown no signs of stopping, lighting up for 30 points and 13 rebounds in CEU’s 82-71 conquest of AMA Online Education last Thursday.
But despite his unlikely ascendance to the go-to guy role for the Scorpions, Chan keeps his focus on the collective success of the squad ahead of their final eliminations assignment: a duel against Marinerong Pilipino-TIP on Thursday for the third-seed in the playoffs.
“Napaka-importanteng laro nito dahil kailangan naming bumawi ng panalo papasok sa semis,” said the sniper. “Hindi kami magre-relax at ibibigay talaga namin ang lahat para lang umangat pa kami sa positioning.”
Chan is well aware that without much incentives up for grabs in the last game of the eliminations, carrying momentum to the semifinals might just give CEU the psychological edge it needs regardless of who it draws for its best-of-three date.
And he is coming in confident, believing that the young Scorpions are as hungry as they’ve ever been after missing out on the playoffs last conference.
“Nagtitiwala ako sa sarili ko at sa mga kasama ko. Sila rin naman kasi ang nagte-train para sa kin eh kaya sinusuklian ko lang sila sa binibigay nilang tiwala sa akin,” said Chan. “Ginagawa lang namin yung best namin kasi sabi kasi ni coach, napaka-importante na ng mga larong ito.”
With reports from Gillian Geronimo