WITH the last NCAA finals berth at stake, Perpetual and San Beda are hard at work in improving on their respective weaknesses ahead of the do-or-die semifinal match on Tuesday.
To oust the team which topped the elimination round for the 11th straight year, Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican hoped to address the team’s offensive woes to complement their stifling defense.
The Altas, in fact, are so committed to this task that they practice twice a day, five hours each session to work on their offense.
"Talagang gusto namin manalo. Umaga at hapon na kami nagpa-practice. Kulang pa nga e (five-hour practice), kung kailangan pa nga doblehin para makuha lang gusto naming makuha, e gagawin namin," said Gican, whose team clamped down on defense to eke out an 87-83 win last and force the 2 p.m. match at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Meanwhile, Red Lions’ gunner Davon Potts admitted Perpetual's leech-like defense shut them down the last time out, but vowed San Beda will get their act together in time for Tuesday's match.
"We just got to stay together, execute our plays, and if we play together as a team, make the extra pass, make the extra adjustment, we'll be alright going forward," said Potts, who struggled to make things happen for his team in the final moments of Friday's game.
But the real key to oust the Altas is to give them a dose of their own medicine, said Potts.
"We just got to adjust our press a little bit, make sure they don't have open passing lanes. We got to contain Bright (Akhuetie) a little bit more. We got to stay collected and take accountability for our defense," he said.