(Ynares Sports Arena)
5 p.m. -- CEU vs Cignal HD (Finals, Game 2)
WARY of a big Centro Escolar University comeback that will affect his schedule next week, Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez is determined to close out PBA D-League Foundation Cup title series today.
“We will see. For now, I will focus on the game at hand,” said Fernandez on the eve of the 5 p.m. match.
If the runaway 78-56 series-opening win was the gauge, the Hawkeyes are tipped to prevail over the Scorpions in Game 2.
But if CEU reprises what it did against Flying V in the semifinals by forcing a deciding match on Tuesday, Fernandez will be at a dilemma because the Cignal game coincides with NCAA on the same day, where his team San Beda will play Arellano University.
“Hopefully, we can be consistent on our game. It will be tough, but winning Game 1 is a good motivation for us going for Game 2,” said Fernandez, who is eyeing a record eighth D-League crown.
Jason Perkins may have had the bulk of the load for the Hawkeyes, but the rest of the team should also get some credit, with Byron Villarias and Oping Sumalinog also finding their marks from the outside and Pamboy Raymundo’s backcourt leadership.
Cignal, which also ruled the Aspirants’ Cup last summer, is eyeing to become the third team in the league to win two championships after NLEX and Phoenix.
Meanwhile, coach Yong Garcia vows that the Scorpions won’t let this opportunity go to waste as he and the rest of this crew pick itself up following the Game 1 rout.
“I’m always pushing my players na ibigay pa rin nila ang best nila at makipag-compete. Yun ang importante kasi minsan lang ito mangyari na aabot kami ng championship. Sinasabi ko lang, ibigay nila ang best nila para sa career nila,” said Garcia.
“No quit pa rin kami,” he added.