Finally getting a nine-day breather, a well-rested Cignal HD crew eyes to continue its ascent in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup as it springs back to action on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Carrying a 5-2 card, coach Boyet Fernandez seemed satisfied with the way his Hawkeyes played in that killer seven games-in-three weeks schedule, but refused to rest on their laurels seeing some areas that his team can improve on.
“May mga mali pa rin, but we just have to be consistent and not be complacent in our coming games,” he said.
However, Cignal will be missing a key piece with the departure of Davon Potts, who will now go on and focus on his obligations with San Beda, leaving much of the heavy lifting on the shoulders of Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins.
That might be the biggest difference as the Hawkeyes brace for the streaking Wangs Basketball crew, which has won two straight and has gone on to post a franchise’s best start at 3-2.
Couriers coach Pablo Lucas believes that his team has finally gotten the chemistry the team has been aspiring since he first formed this squad.
“Unlike before na may wall, ngayon naging isa na kami. Kita naman sa mata ng mga players na ayaw talaga nilang matalo eh,” he said.
Wangs pulled off a huge coup when it stunned Racal, 93-84 last Monday, banking on the leadership of Robbie Herndon, Chris Bitoon, and Michael Juico, and it would love to add the Hawkeyes to the list of giants it has slain.
Game time is at 3 p.m., followed by the duel between school-based squads Centro Escolar University (2-2) and AMA Online Education (0-4) at 5 p.m.
The Scorpions are another team which took time to get their bearings back, but after stringing two straight victories, the boys of coach Yong Garcia has seemingly adapted to the changes in his roster.
“Medyo nakapag-adjust na rin naman kami. Pero ang focus pa rin naman namin is mag-improve every game,” he said, as he will lean on Rod Ebondo and JK Casiño to thwart the Titans’ upset bid, led by Ivan Villanueva and Andre Paras.