Last conference’s runner-up Centro Escolar University makes its awaited debut against Asia’s Lashes Tomas Morato in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League Foundation Cup today at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Scorpions take on newcomer Asia’ Lashes at 5:30 p.m., after AMA battles another rookie team iWalk at 1:30 p.m. BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare College collides with Hyperwash at 3:30 p.m.
CEU’s gutsy runner-finish in the Aspirant’s Cup saw the Mendiola-based team entering the championship series despite getting reduced to eight players because of game-fixing allegations.
Veteran coach Derrick Pumaren is eyeing a fresh start as the Scorpions parade a complete lineup led by Senegalese center Malick Diouf and seasoned forward Rich Guinitaran.
“We are ready to put the past behind and start anew this Foundation Cup,” said Pumaren.
But Asia’s Lashes is eager to emerge early solo leader in Group A — a fitting follow up to its slim 106-105 win over AMA.
“We are hoping that we will continue winning,” said Asia’s Lashes mentor Alvin Grey, who will bank on James Martinez, Adrian Celada, Francis Camacho and Levi Dela Cruz.
Meanwhile, Basilan-St. Clare shoots for a share of the lead with Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) in Group B against Hyperwash.
The Saints are riding the momentum of their 114-81 win over Alberei while the Vipers are looking to bounce back from a season-opening 71-92 defeat to TIP.
In the game day opener, former PBA champion Jonas Villanueva makes his coaching debut with iWalk versus AMA (0-1).