Marinerong Pilipino shoots for a twice-to-beat advantage when it faces iWalk today in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) Foundation Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
A fifth win by the unbeaten Skippers (4-0) over the Chargers (2-2) at 3:30 p.m. will hand them a top two spot in Group A that guarantees a win-once bonus in the playoffs.
“As what I’ve said, our team will be tested here. We’ll face strong teams in the next round that’s why this is a good chance for us to face this veteran team,” said head coach Yong Garcia .
Former PBA guard Eloy Poligrates, Jhonard Clarito and Jay-R Alabanza will lead the Skippers as they seek to sustain their winning run. Marinero scored a 73-51 win over Asia’s Lashes last week.
But the Chargers are determined to boost their playoff chances and bounce back from an 84-120 defeat to Centro Escolar University last Thursday.
Bernie Bregondo and Wowie Escosio as well as the Iñigo brothers Achie and Axel will lead the fight for iWalk.
Meanwhile, BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare College (3-0) guns for a playoff spot when it battles the winless McDavid-De La Salle Araneta (0-3) in Group B at 1:30 p.m.
The Saints are coming off a 20-day layoff, with their last win coming at the expense of Technological Institute of the Philippines, 85-70, last August 5.
In the closing game at 5:30 p.m., Asia’s Lashes Tomas Morato (2-2) tries to fortify its playoff bid versus fellow contender Hazchem (1-2) in Group A.