ARELLANO has not found the right formula to beat San Beda in four tries this season. But coach Jerry Codinera pointed out that his wards just have to dig deeper to see they have what it takes to tame the Red Lions and force a decider in the NCAA Season 92 basketball tournament finals.
"We beat them sa Filoil so I still always look at the positive side na we beat them before, and last year. We just have to start better, play better," said Codinera, ahead of Game Two on Tuesday.
The heartbreaking loss in the Finals opener last Thursday, according to Codinera, also served as inspiration for the Chiefs to bounce back harder in the 4 p.m. match at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Masasaktan ka talaga doon. You're almost there, you're ahead by one or two points, we weren't able to execute defensively, offensively," he said.
Arellano top gun Jio Jalalon, who botched a potential game-tying triple as time expired in Game One, couldn't agree more.
"Wala na kaming ibang iniisip kundi bumawi. Tapos na yung apat na game na talo kami lagi. Gusto lang namin makabawi kami sa Game Two" Jalalon said.
However, the Red Lions will not be caught unprepared for a bigfight back from Jalalon and the Chiefs as San Beda goes for the sweep.
"It's a series. Coach Jerry (Codinera) and his boys will make adjustments, he'll prepare," said coach Jamike Jarin after his team barely beat Arellano in the opener, 88-85.
"We'll do the same. On Tuesday, it's gonna be our hardest game, our hardest win," he added.
Jarin is also confident his top defender Robert Bolick is up to the task anew in limiting Jalalon while playing a major role on offense the same way he did in Game One when he had a game-high 24 points.
"Nobody can guard Jalalon but he was there every play. He just needs to rest, give it another run at the 'Bus Driver,'" said the veteran San Beda coach.