Hawkeyes target 6th win vs rejuvenated Couriers

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Aspirants Cup champion Cignal HD eyes its sixth win in eight games as it battles Wangs Basketball today in the Philip-pine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Game time is set at 3 p.m. to be followed by the 5 p.m. game between Centro Escolar University (CEU) and AMA Online Education.

Cris Bitoon of Wangs drives on Mark Ayonayon Racal Motors during the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City on Monday. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

Holding a 5-2 win-loss record, the Hawkeyes are wary of the Couriers, who are coming off a 93-84 upset win over last conference’s first runner-up Racal last Monday.

“Basing on how Wangs played against Racal, I’m worried because they are a strong team—credit to their coach. We have to step up our defense if we want to win,” said Cignal head coach Boyet Fernandez.


“We need to limit Wangs’ production because they are the best offensive team in the D-League right now,” added Fernandez, who will bank on Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins with top player Davon Potts taking a leave from the squad to focus on his college team.

Wangs, on the other hand, hopes to extend its streak to three games as the Couriers are now enjoying a franchise best start with 3-2 slate.

Robbie Herndon, Chris Bitoon, and Michael Juico will lead the charge of Wangs as it seeks another upset against the tournament favorite.

The Scorpions, meanwhile, aim for their third win in five games against the winless Titans.

CEU is holding a 2-2 record and will bank on Congolese Rod Ebondo to match the Titans’ frontline composed of Andre Paras and Ivan Villanueva. AMA is at the bottom of the standings with 0-4 mark.

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