GO for Gold stakes its perfect record against Centro Escolar University today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Although the Scratchers are the only undefeated team in the conference, coach Charles Tiu still has reservations for his crew.
”I’m still not that confident,” said Tiu on the eve of the 3 p.m. clash.
Che’Lu Bar and Grill aims to capitalize on its improved chemistry when it takes on AMA Online Education at 1 p.m.
Go for Gold’s obvious lack of jelling has been Tiu’s main concern after two games.
Banking on the players’ individual brilliance to pull through, the Scratchers had to scramble past the Titans, 86-83, last Thursday.
Gab Banal stepped up for Go for Gold, while veterans Jerwin Gaco and James Martinez, as well as young guns Paul Desiderio and Vince Tolentino.
With the Scorpions hell-bent on bouncing back after their shock 90-96 defeat to Batangas last Monday, Tiu acknowledges the need for his Scratchers to elevate their game.
“They’re going to be a tough team. Hopefully, with the few days we have to prepare, we can do better because they are a pressing team,” said Tiu.
CEU acting coach Derrick Pumaren, for his part, expects his wards to come out firing and redeem itself from the defeat, with Orlan Wamar and Cameroonian big man Gilles Oloume being counted on to deliver better showings in this game.
The Revellers have put their pre-season woes behind them and delivered a big 88-71 victory over Marinerong Pilipino last Monday to chalk one in the win column.
”We’re much better compared sa first game namin. Pero I asked for the players’ commitment, lalo na sa veterans and masaya naman ako na nagre-respond sila,” said Tiu.
Jeff Viernes’ scoring is a given, but what surprised Tiu was the stellar performances from Jessie Collado and Jay-R Taganas the last time out.
But he needs more of those to be able to replicate the feat, this time against the Titans.
Luck has not been on AMA’s side, as proven by last week’s narrow loss to Go for Gold.
All is not lost for the 0-2 Titans, as Fil-Am swingman Owen Graham is slowly looking like the top pick he was billed, and is expected to do more of those in the coming games.