Blackwater, Big Chill duel for solo 2nd

The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 12 2012 10:09 AM | Updated as of Apr 12 2012 06:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Streaking Big Chill and Blackwater Elite clash today in a key duel for solo second even as Cebuana Lhuillier tries to recover lost grounds against winless Cagayan in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.

The Super Chargers, who swept their last three games after an opening game loss to the defending champion NLEX Warriors, take on the Elite at 2 p.m., confident of stretching their win run.

"Right now, we just want to continue our winning ways and continue to do on what we are doing right," said Big Chill coach Robert Sison, who stressed the need of his wards to play tough defense.

Blackwater coach Leo Isaac also said defense will be the key in their showdown

"Our defense will be very vital in this game. Good defense will lead us to good offense," said Isaac, who will pin his hopes on Kelly Nabong, who scored 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds the last time out, and Tata Bautista and AJ Mandani, who added 10 points apiece in their last victory.

Like Big Chill, Blackwater, owned by Dioceldo Sy, is on a roll, scoring back-to-back lopsided victories against Erase Plantcenta and Boracay Rum, guaranteeing a tight contest between two title contenders.

Meanwhile, the Gems try to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Super Chargers last week as they play the struggling Cagayan Rising Suns at 12 noon.

"We have to fix ourselves first," said Cebuana coach Luigi Trillo, whose starters Kevin Alas, Lester Alvarez and Yousef Taha are slowed down by various injuries.

"Trying different combinations has been my priority at the moment. I need to shake things up a bit because of our injuries," said Trillo.

The Rising Suns, winless in three starts, hope to notch their first win under new coach Alvin Pua, who missed the first three games due to suspension.