CURRENTLY on a five-game winning run and fresh from a 23-point blowout win, Barangay Ginebra appears headed for a walk in the park when it squares off with lowly Barako Bull on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Coach Siot Tanquingcen however, would have none of that.
Well aware the Energy Cola are trying to stave off eliminations, the soft-spoken Tanquingcen expects Barako Bull to come out smoking in their 4:15 p.m. encounter at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“They’re fighting for their lives, and yung mga ganun ang mahirap,” he said. “They (Energy Cola) still have a chance, and they’ll basically do lahat. Siyempre, all-out sila."
The Energy Cola fell to 3-9 on Friday night after absorbing an 85-73 beating from the Meralco Bolts. The team has yet to win three games since Bong Ramos took over the coaching job from Junel Baculi.
In contrast, everything appears rosy for the Kings, who registered their fifth straight win following their 99-76 rout of Air21 also on Friday.
After losing five straight games, the league’s most popular team has managed to regroup and is now in solo fourth with a 7-5 record.
But Tanquingcen doesn’t want the Kings to get complacent with their current win streak, more so, with the easy way they dispatched a listless Express side.
That’s one downside which he said the Kings should try to avoid again after going through the same pattern early in the conference when they won their first two games before losing the next five.
“Admittedly, human nature ang mag-lapse ka ng konti kapag ganyan ang sitwasyon, nagkakaroon ka ng false sense of security, and that’s crucial. Dapat you won’t allow things to get to your head," he said.
“You have to fight that. It’s a human battle, kailangan labanan namin `yun.”