April 11, 2018

Zark's Burger-Lyceum and CEU figure in 'You or I' duel

The bus to the Final Four is ready to go, and there's only one seat up for grabs -- a spot Centro Escolar University and Zark's Burger-Lyceum are willing to tear each other apart.

The two teams figure in a 'You or I' encounter with the winner joining the cast of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Final Four at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Jawbreakers proved that they are better than what their rank is as the six-seed forced this do-or-die tussle, slated at 3 p.m. with a huge 104-95 Game 1 victory last Tuesday.

CJ Perez, Mike Nzeusseu, and Jaycee Marcelino showed the way for Zark's-Lyceum, and coach Topex Robinson is hoping that the stupendous showing continues, not only for the three, but for the rest of his team.

What's working in the Jawbreakers' favor is them being underdogs, with the youthful mentor noting: "No pressure on our end. We're just trying to give a good fight. At the end of the day, we want to show the effort and be true to ourselves. That's what's important for us."

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However, Robinson knows the ability of the Scorpions to bounce back, especially in this winner-take-all game.

"We know they're champions and they have the experience. So there's no reason for us to celebrate," he said. "We'll make the necessary adjustments for Thursday."

For coach Yong Garcia, the defeat for CEU was another missed chance for his side as it wasted its twice-to-beat advantage and now puts itself in this quandary.

"I told them na nag-relax kami nung umpisa. Nakabalik kami nung fourth quarter, but still, yung fatigue factor lumabas nung end," he rued as the Scorpions stared at an 18-point deficit before coming back in the second half.

In his first game since returning from a back injury, Rod Ebondo was the lone shining light for CEU but failed to get ample help from his locals.

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Garcia wants that trend to change and said, "We need to play 40 minutes of CEU basketball. Ang kalaban namin is the number one collegiate team sa Pilipinas kaya dapat, best effort lagi. Kailangan naming bumawi sa Thursday."