Lapu-Lapu faces tall order vs Mandaue

Lapu-Lapu faces tall order vs Mandaue

MANILA, Philippines — After surviving a dreaded double-knockout quarterfinals, the resilient ARQ Builders-Lapu-Lapu squad faces another sudden death against twice-to-beat KCS Mandaue in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup semifinals today at the Alcantara Civic Center in Cebu.

There’s no surrender for the fatigued but determined Heroes when they meet the well-rested Computer Specialists at 6 p.m. and try to force a deciding Game 2 in the Visayas leg semis.

“We just want our players to play their best game as possible. We just want our boys to bring their 100 percent on defense and give their best for us to (have a chance) to advance to the finals,” said deputy coach Jerry Abuyabor after Lapu-Lapu defied the odds with two straight elimination game wins.

As the No. 3 seed, Lapu-Lapu was dragged into a tough win-or-go-home stepladder quarters where they booted out Tubigon Bohol, 73-69, and Dumaguete, 92-76, behind the heroics of Reed Juntilla, Jojo Tangkay, Dawn Ochea and Ferdinand Lusdoc.

But it will be a tall order against Mandaue, which swept Lapu-Lapu in the elims (77-66, 75-66) and is coming off a three-day rest.