In the middle of its sprint early in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez is just hopeful that his squad will develop the necessary traits a championship team must have.
“We just have to be ready every game. May mga ginagawa pa rin kami na di magandang behavior, kaya dapat naming matutunan na hindi gawin yung mga yun,” he said.
Fernandez will once again test the Hawkeyes’ maturity as they brace for the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Cignal (2-1) fell to those traps in its game against Zark’s Burger on Monday when Mark Bringas got ejected early and left a gaping hole in the team’s frontcourt.
Fortunately, Fernandez had Raymar Jose at his disposal as the Hawkeyes cruised to a 107-69 win over the Jawbreakers.
But the seasoned mentor knows that those incidents must be avoided going forward as Cignal seeks to rack up wins in their seven games-in-10 playdates schedule.
“Kung magre-react kami palagi, magkakaproblema kami. We just need to stick with our system,” Fernandez said.
On the other hand, Marinerong Pilipino is motivated to bounce back from its 92-82 loss against Batangas last week, with coach Koy Banal leaving the leadership to Mark Isip, Julian Sargent, and Achie Iñigo.
Game time is at 12 nn., following the early 10 a.m. tussle between Racal Motors and the still winless Zark’s Burger.
Alibaba coach Jerry Codiñera is quite elated with the turnout of their conference-opener, a 118-100 whipping of AMA Online Education last Thursday.
It’s just one game, though, and the former PBA great is seeking to see more from his wards, led by Mac Tallo, Kent Salado, and Janus Lozada.
“We’ll continue to prepare. Basta kami, we try to improve more as the games approaches,” he said.
Jawbreakers coach Jade Padrigao, meanwhile, is still seeking for his first coaching victory in the D-League ranks as he hopes to get out of the cellar behind ex-pro Robby Celiz.