March 11, 2018

Koy Banal urges troops to play with sense of urgency

With four games remaining in its schedule, Marinerong Pilipino isn't taking any team lightly, even cellar-dweller Jose Rizal University.

That's why the Skippers aim to remain on top of their game when they play the Heavy Bombers at 2 p.m. on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Coach Koy Banal emphasized the importance of collecting wins this late in the eliminations to enhance their chances for the coveted playoff berths. Marinerong Pilipino is on a four-game winning streak.

"Ang gusto namin, to have the kind of mindset na ngayon pa lang, playoff basketball na," he said.

The Skippers are still on cloud nine following their tough 86-80 win against Go for Gold last Tuesday to improve to 5-2.

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Although JRU is out of contention, Banal expects a grindout game against the Heavy Bombers, who have lost seven straight.

"Any team can give us a surprise and we are very careful sa coaching staff namin on reminding the players na we haven't achieved anything yet," Banal said.