MANILA – After finishing dead last in the Datu Cup, Pasig Sta. Lucia has turned things around in the Lakan Season of the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL.
They clinched a playoff spot on Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna, with Jeric Teng leading the way. The ex-pro is averaging 27.4 points on 50% shooting, along with 6.8 rebounds and 4 assists in their 5 games this January – the most crucial month heading to the playoffs.
"We are just thankful na nakapasok kami sa playoffs given na two weeks before the season lang nabuo ang team," said Teng. "I am very happy kasi alam namin na pinaghirapan talaga namin ito."
Pasig punched its playoff ticket after turning back the gritty Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines, 107-100.
Teng again provided the spark for the team, putting up 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block in another superb all-around effort.
Last season, Pasig was at the cellar of the 26-team field behind a 4-21 win-loss card. Meanwhile, this Lakan Cup, the Realtors are at the seventh spot at 17-11. But making the post-season is just the beginning of the journey for the Realtors as they vow to fight their way in the playoffs.
"Umpisa pa lang ito. Gagamitin ko yung experience ko sa UAAP at PBA. Up or down dapat forty minutes kaming lumalaban. Walang shortcuts sa practice, ensayo kung ensayo," said Teng.
Head coach Bong Dela Cruz, likewise, believes that making the playoffs is just the start for the stronger Pasig side.
"Last season, alam naman natin na nasa baba ang Pasig. Malaking achievement na nakapasok kami sa top eight ng North pero hindi kami magsstop doon. We will take it one game at a time," he said.
In other games, Bicol-LCC Stores remained at the eighth-spot after escaping Quezon City-WEMSAP, 89-87, while Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol remained on track for the final spot in the South with a 101-76 demolishing of Imus-Luxxe Slim.
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