April 30, 2018

This is where it all ends

Zark's Burger-Lyceum and Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian meet for one last time to dispute who the rightful owner of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup is in Game 3 on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

All bets are off in the 4 p.m. game, with the Jawbreakers and Revellers equally proving their case to be called as champions.

For Zark's-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, the key will be staying true to the team's ideologies as it aims to be the lowest ranked team to ever hoist a PBA D-League title.

"We're reminding the players na it's always about us inspiring others and we should not get away from that," he said as he reminds his Jawbreakers that their fun-loving attitude is the fuel to their relentless approach on both ends of the floor.

"We'll never get out of our mantra to honor the game, play the right way, value integrity, and always do the right things," he said.

Conference MVP CJ Perez finally showed some grit in Game 2, and would love nothing but to sustain that together with the help of Jaycee Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu.

But the veteran crew of Che'Lu-San Sebastian will be out to deny them that goal, as coach Stevenson Tiu aims to put the horrific 90-98 defeat last Thursday behind them.

"Beterano yung players ko kaya naniniwala pa rin ako sa kanila. Their will to win is always there at hanggang nandoon yun, may chance kami," he said.

The Revellers hope to see more from leaders Samboy de Leon and Cedrick Ablaza after drawing huge games from Allyn Bulanadi and Michael Calisaan in the first two games.