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For Nierras, podium finish possible for Laguna

After coming up short for a runner-up spot, coach Ernie says the top-three finish will be their realistic target. Art Enriquez/Stallion Laguna
By Kevin Estrada

BI√ĎAN -- Stallion Laguna gaffer Ernest Nierras rue the missed chances that caused them to fall short on their runner-up bid Sunday, but he's optimistic that they can get to the top half of the table.

"Got too windy today," he summarized about their performance in their final match at their stable, in which they extend their unbeaten run to five matches which was a huge part to their current seven-match run which makes them the hottest team to end the season.

Heading into Wednesday's clash in Rizal Memorial against Davao, the ever-fiery gaffer set their sights on a podium finish as their final pair of fixtures will be their dress rehearsal in the upcoming Copa Paulino Alcantara next month.

"We have to win that game to secure third place," Nierras added while bearing some good news for them that the three points that was previously docked from them will be returned by the league. "We' were already told that our three points is gonna be returned to us."

Once made formal, Laguna and Davao will be tied at 38 points, and a win by Nierras and co. will avoid any complications when they go away at champions Ceres Negros for their final match of the league campaign.

"I think that's doable. We control our destiny. We tie and win, that's automatic. We win it's automatic."

Furthermore, the fact that only four clubs in both the domestic and the Asian front have come to Panaad and got away with all three points means that the Stallions had set their eyes already on the Aguilas.

"But you don't wanna go to Ceres needing to win the game. As much as possible, we wanna win on Wednesday so you don't have to worry about the Ceres match. But that's not gonna be an easy game against Davao, (so) we have to work hard."

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