PERPETUAL head coach Jimwell Gican knows that his squad has a tough task at hand when the Altas host the surging San Beda Red Lions on Thursday for another edition of NCAA on Tour in Season 93.
At 3-4, the Altas are looking for that morale-boosting win to put Perpetual’s campaign on the right track after what’s so far been an inconsistent season.
Getting that win over the Red Lions, though, is easier said than done, but Gican knows that there's no better time to shoot for the stars than when they play in front of their home crowd.
"Hindi naman kami basta basta magpapatalo sa home court namin. Ang San Beda alam namin na malakas yan. Pero if we believe, tapos may home court advantage pa kami, we're very positive," said Gican after their 68-59 win over the Arellano Chiefs on Tuesday.
"Basketball lang naman iyan. Lalaban lang kami," he added.
The Red Lions will be putting their five game winning run on the line as they target their seventh win in eight games when they swing by Las Pinas.
But coach Boyet Fernandez warned his squad of complacency, something which he felt wad visible in their 66-55 win over the Mapua Cardinals last Friday.
Playing against a Mapua squad sans their best player in Andoy Estrella, the Red Lions struggled to put the cellar dwellers away, particularly in the fourth where the Cardinals even gave them some scary moments in the end.
That's something that Fernandez hopes to fix especially since he knows how dangerous Perpetual can be.
"If we play like this against Perpetual, for sure we'll lose," said Fernandez.
"We cannot go out and play like this. They were playing without their best players and we struggled to put them away. We have to fix his and focus on Perpetual now."