THE view from the top hardly pleases Koy Banal.
So instead of looking at what his Barako Bull had accomplished, the soft-spoken coach hopes the Energy continue holding their heads up in the PBA Governors’ Cup as they take on Kia Carnival on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The once cellar-dwelling bacllclub is in the midst of their best start in franchise history, having won six of its first seven games in the season-ending conference to maintain its unlikely position atop the 12-team standings.
“We are grateful for where we are, but we have to understand that we have not achieved anything yet,” Banal said. “We just have to keep pushing ourselves and to keep moving forward.”
And that’s what the Energy hope to do as they try to formally book a ticket to the quarterfinals.
But Banal is wary of an unpredictable Kia side in their 4:15 p.m. encounter, which will be succeeded by a matchup between on-the-rise Rain or Shine and NLEX at 7 o’clock.
“Kia is a very dangerous team,” the Barako coach said of the Carnival, who are in the middle of the pack with an even 3-3 win-loss slate. “Their record does not speak of what they are capable of.”
“We cannot afford to be complacent against them. We have to find a way how to motivate ourselves to prepare well,” Banal added of Kia, which is eager to atone for its 101-63 rout at the hands of Alaska last week, the worst loss ever in its young franchise history.
The Carnival, though, are expected to have their hands full against the Energy, fresh from a 123-114 victory against Globalport last Sunday, as the league-leaders boast towering Canadian import Liam McMorrow, who has been getting plenty of local support from Joseph Yeo, JC Intal, RR Garcia, and Dylan Ababou.
Senegalese slotman Hamady N’Diaye will once again anchor the Carnival with his stout defense, while Taiwanese import Jet Chang, Alex Nuyles, and LA Revilla carry the offensive load.