February 11, 2018

Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare eyes third consecutive win

One of the biggest surprises this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare looks to stretch its winning run to three when it takes on Jose Rizal University Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Coffee Lovers coach Jinino Manansala has drawn huge contributions from veteran Aris Dionisio and Fil-Am guard Trevis Jackson in their run so far this conference, especially after that big 70-58 conquest over Mila's Lechon last February 1.

And there's nothing more he would love but to move up the rankings from their 2-1 card.

"Magandang baon yung dalawang panalo namin, pero alam namin na mahaba pa ang liga so kailangang paghirapan pa namin yung mga laro," said Manansala. "Gusto naming umabot dun sa target namin na top six."

Game time is at 4 p.m.

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JRU coach Gio Lasquety, meanwhile, is looking for his side to bounce back after falling to Perpetual, 72-88 last February 5.

"Yung biggest adjustment na we'll do on our game against Gamboa is yung defensive intensity namin. We need to improve our transition defense because that's what's missing on our loss to Perpetual," he said.

The Heavy Bombers looked shell-shocked in their last tiff, which saw Altas big man Prince Eze dominate the paint and cruise to a triple-double performance.

Lasquety knows better for his side to learn from that defeat as they brace for the Coffee Lovers' frontline of Dionisio and Malian big man Mohammed Pare.

"We didn't play defense like we did on our first two games. And I've told them not every game is a walk in the park na ibibigay sa atin yung win. We need to work hard for the win and we need to bring back our mindset from our first two games para bumalik kami sa winning track," he said.

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JRU hopes to get more from Jed Mendoza, Paolo Pontejos and Ervin Grospe after leaving much of the load on the shoulders of Jeckster Apinan last game.