August 06, 2018

CEU, Che'Lu Bar and Grill dispute last Finals berth

Centro Escolar University and Che'Lu Bar and Grill dispute the final ticket to the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Scorpions showed tremendous resilience in Thursday's 83-78 squeaker that tied the best of three series at 1-1.

For acting coach Derrick Pumaren, that's exactly the mentality they need to shock the top-seed Revellers for the 5 p.m. game.

"We manned up and that's what we're telling them. The playoff is a man's game and that's what we need to do: stand our ground and take what they can give. We have to fight," he said.

Rich Guinitaran stepped up big and Orlan Wamar finally woke up from a deep slumber to help the school-based crew shock last conference's runner-up.

But if there's one thing working in Che'Lu Bar and Grill's favor, it's the experience.

Coach Stevenson Tiu expects his side's readiness with the challenge, but knows that it would take more than just the efforts of high-octane scorer Jeff Viernes alone.

"This is not Jeff Viernes' team alone. This is Che'Lu and lahat dapat mag-contribute," he said.

The likes of Chris Bitoon, Levi Hernandez, and Jessie Collado should also step up if they want to continue on their trek of atoning for last year's heartache.

Go for Gold is already waiting in the wings, preparing for whoever its Finals date in the best-of-five series will be.(DL)

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