Computer Specialists, Peace Riders start VisMin Grand Finals battle tomorrow

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital Correspondent | August 10,2021 - 06:12 PM
Reyes, Cabiltes

Jerson Cabiltes (left) and Mike Reyes (right) during their post-game celebrations after winning the Mindanao leg and the Visayas leg titles, respectively of the VisMin Super Cup. | VisMin Super Cup Photos

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Mike Reyes, the veteran and multi-titled head coach of the reigning Visayas leg champions, the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City is upbeat about their title chances in the grand finals of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

The Specialists already proved that they can topple formidable opponents after they won the Visayas leg title against the heavily-favored and erstwhile unbeaten MJAS-Zenith Talisay City Aquastars last April.

Tomorrow, August 11, they will face another unbeaten foe, the Jumbo-Plastic Basilan Peace Riders who clinched the Mindanao leg title without a sweat after sweeping their best-of-3 finals series against hapless Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards, 2-0, on Monday.

The Peace Riders etched a record-setting, 10-0 sweep of the entire Mindanao leg from the elimination rounds up to the championship series.

“The only edge we have is we have been tested through the adversities we’ve gone through,” Reyes said in an interview with CDN Digital.

Indeed, the Specialists’ journey is filled with struggles and setbacks. Team owner, Ricky Verdida admitted that he loaned money just to finance the team and admitted that they are currently facing financial struggles.

The Cebuano squad also lost its three main players including Visayas leg Finals MVP Ping Exciminiano and mythical-five awardee Gryann Mendoza who committed to their mother club, the TNT Tropang Giga in PBA and Al Francis Tamsi who signed with the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.

However, the team has adjusted to this handicap and is ready for a titular dogfight with the Peace Riders.

“Struggle kami sa preparation. Because nawala ang three main players namin then before going here to Pagadian di kami naka practice ng five days,” added Reyes.

Despite all these, Reyes considers the challenges his team is facing as another good opportunity to show how resilient and motivated they are.

When asked if they’re ready for tomorrow’s Game One set at 6 p.m. Reyes simply said. “Yes, considering the struggles we’ve been through.”

Reyes already said that he sees something special in a team that’s been struggling a lot and considered an underdog that is why he never left the team.

The Specialists will bank on their roster filled with current and ex-Cesafi players.

Meanwhile, the Peace Riders’ head coach Jerson Cabiltes said that they didn’t have the time to celebrate their victory and instead went quickly to the drawing board for tomorrow’s hustle.

“Tapos na ‘yung celebration namin kaagad the night of our Mindanao Leg championship. Yesterday, we practiced and prepared for KCS,” Cabiltes said.

Despite the dominant showing in the Mindanao leg, Basilan will still be cautious when it collides with Mandaue.

“We know that KCS is a tough team. We celebrated the title but the fight is not over yet. We regrouped yesterday and we’re prepared for another war again,” said Peace Riders captain Jonathan Uyloan.   /rcg

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