Riding excessive on spectacular quarterfinal wins, Cafe France and Tanduay look to topple the highest seeds on Tuesday when the best-of-three semifinal sequence within the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup get going at Marikina Sports Center.
After simply disposing of Jose Rizal University, the Bakers search to seize the headstart of their sequence with the Racal Tile Masters at three p.m., earlier than the Rhum Masters battle Cignal-San Beda Hawkeyes within the opener of their very own battle at 5 p.m.
The Hawkeyes are getting into the playoffs on an eight-game successful streak that dates again to January. But coach Boyet Fernandez thinks that run will come to nothing in the event that they don’t instantly seize management.
“It’s very important for us to win Game 1 and take control of the series,” mentioned Fernandez, a six-time D-League champion. “We’d rather look at it at a game-to-game basis and not mind the streak.”
Fernandez has his personal report to guard as he has not misplaced within the semifinal stage in his profession as D-League coach.
“Facing Tanduay in the semis is a tough matchup for us and we just have to be ready and prepared for them,” he mentioned.
After dropping their opening recreation to Cafe France, the Hawkeyes have been in fiery kind with ex-La Salle star Jason Perkins and San Beda standouts Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon main the charge.
But the league pioneers Rhum Masters are anticipated to tug out all of the stops to finish an upset of the Hawkeyes.
“We’re the underdogs and we know we have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” mentioned Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson. “Teams have to find their own niche. Cignal has the luxury of chemistry being a school-based team, but I think we found a way and we thought that going with the ex-pros is the way to go.”
The Tile Masters hope to claim themselves early within the sequence particularly towards a powerhouse like Cafe France.
“It’s a big advantage if we win Game 1,” mentioned Racal coach Jerry Codiñera, who’s gunning for a primary finals look. “We will just be ready and give it our best shot.”
The Bakers welcome again sniper Joseph Sedurifa to the fray as he joins forces with University of the Philippines star Paul Desiderio and Centro Escolar heart Rod Ebondo in main Cafe France again to the finals.