3 p.m. – Cignal HD vs Batangas
5 p.m. – Flying V vs Tanduay
Playoff basketball is expected to be on display as the top four teams in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup spring back to action on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
League-leader Flying V face off against streaking Tanduay, while Cignal HD and Batangas clash in what is expected to be an action-packed afternoon.
Trotting out the lone unblemished record in the league with their 5-0 slate, Thunder coach Eric Altamirano is still far from satisfied with the way his wards has been playing, especially after their 94-86 conquest over Racal Motors on Monday.
“We did make stops in the end but the problem is still the same. We’re still very inconsistent,” he said.
Jeron Teng is hopeful to recapture his shooting touch, as he seeks to join Gab Banal and Eric Salamat in hoisting the flag for Flying V.
But it won’t be a cake walk, as Rhum Masters mentor Lawrence Chongson made it clear that he wants his squad
to be responsible for the Thunder’s first loss.
“Nothing is sweeter than dealing them their first loss,” he said.
Tanduay is coming off a 113-71 triumph over Gamboa Coffee Mix last week, stretching its winning run to three to rise to a 3-1 record with Lester Alvarez and Von Tambeling leading the fight.
Game time is at 5 p.m., following the 3 p.m. tussle between the Hawkeyes and the Batangueños at 3 p.m.
Currently at 6-2, Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez wants nothing more but to continue his team’s winning ways, reiterating that a top two spot is what his team craves for.
“We want to fortify our position sa second place dahil very crucial para sa amin yan,” he said, as he hopes to book an outright semifinals spot at the end of the eliminations.
Banking on their five-game winning run, the Hawkeyes have drawn huge contributions from leaders Jason Perkins, Raymar Jose, and Pamboy Raymundo, including their 94-69 win over Wangs Basketball last week.
Meanwhile, Batangas coach Eric Gonzales believes that despite its 4-1 record, this duel against Cignal will be the barometer on how far his squad can go this conference.
“Medyo totohanang game na yan kasi halos dinurog nila kami noong preseason,” he recounted after the
Batangueños’ 124-84 win over Zark’s Burgers last week. “Real test talaga sa amin yan and hopefully, what we built dito sa eliminations will be helpful para sa amin sa game na iyon.”
Gonzales is entrusting the keys to Joseph Sedurifa, Cedrick Ablaza, and Cedric de Joya to stretch Batangas’ two-game winning run.