And then, there were two.
Zark's Burger-Lyceum and Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian are the last teams standing in what has been one of the wildest conferences ever in league history as they meet in what is shaping up to be a nip-and-tuck best-of-three series to determine the winner of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
Game 1 opens at Pasig Sports Center, with the tip-off set at 4p.m. today, PBA. Com reported yesterday.
It's an unlikely showdown between two school-based teams that fought from lower seeds to set up the league's first ever championship round notto feature any of the elimination's top two teams.
Starting off as preseason favorites, the Jawbreakers looked humble against veteran teams as they stumbled to a six-seed before playing their best basketball to date, first overcoming a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinals against CEU before sweeping two-seed Marinerong Pilipino in the semis.
Through the course of this tear, coach Topex Robinson emphasized that his team is just approaching every game with the same mindset.
"We're just happy to be here. We don't have control of the other factors. No disrespect to Che'Lu, but we just want to enjoy the Finals series," he said.
Leading MVP candidate CJ Perez spearheaded this run for Zark's-Lyceum and has gotten tremendous support from guys like Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino through this stretch.
But as stellar as the Jawbreakers have been playing, Robinson thinks that his side remains the underdog in this meeting.
No matter what happens, we're still the number six team entering the playoffs," he said, as Zark's-Lyceum guns to be the lowest seed ever to win a PBA D-League crown.*
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