NLEX guns for D-League crown vs Cagayan Valley

The Philippine Star

Posted at Feb 26 2013 08:48 AM | Updated as of Feb 26 2013 04:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - NLEX sets out for another PBA D-League crown as it goes for a sweep against Cagayan Valley in Game Two of their best-of-three showdown for the Aspirants Cup at The Arena in San Juan today.

The Road Warriors, who had to go through sudden death to whisk off the Jose Rizal U in the Final Four, showed their true worth in the title series' opener, outclassing the Rising Suns, 87-63.

Although Cagayan Valley is expected to go all-out to even things up, experts believe NLEX could only get better as it seeks its fourth straight championship starting at 3 p.m.

Still, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez opted to downplay his wards' advantage in talent and strength.

"We just won one game. This series is not over till it's over. I'm sure they'll make some adjustments so we better be ready," said Fernandez.

The Rising Suns were practically overmatched in Game 1 but their deficiencies in bench depth and talent didn't seem to worry Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua.

"The series isn't over yet. We just didn't make our shots and that’s more or less the story of Game 1," said Pua.

The Rising Suns struggled with a woeful 32 percent (22 of 68) shooting from the field and missed 22 of 38 free throw attempts.