On Thursday, there’s truly no more tomorrow.
Phoenix and Tanduay clash in the final gameday of the season to dispute the rightful champion in Game 3 of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.
The Accelerators and the Rhum Masters are expected to go all-out when they once again take center stage at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Beating Phoenix, 89-75 in Game 2, Tanduay refuses to feel confident with its chances, as coach Lawrence Chongson made it clear that all his team did is to force a decider.
“Phoenix is a dangerous animal. I would want nothing else but to win on Thursday,” he said. “It’s just our instinct to survive. We’re holding on to nothing but ourselves.”
Gelo Alolino exploded for 26 points to keep the Rhum Masters alive on Tuesday, as he eyes to sustain that while also getting ample help from teammates Reden Celda and Kevin Ferrer.
Underdogs in this matchup, Chongson still believes that Tanduay still has a puncher’s chance to claim its first D-League title when it takes the court at 5 p.m.
“People are already writing us off, but it’s a testament that as long as you’re alive there is hope,” he said.
Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales also offered no excuses for his team’s lackadaisical showing in Game 2.
“They deserved to win because they outhustled us,” he said.
But for Mac Belo, he knows that this is just a momentary hump as the Accelerators eye to cop both titles this season.
“I believe in our team,” he said.
Belo will once again partner with Conference MVP Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag, and Roger Pogoy to lead the fort for Phoenix.