MANILA, Philippines - NLEX and Freego Jeans hope to come out strong from a long layoff as they take on Boracay Rum and Café France, respectively, at the resumption of action in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at The Arena in San Juan on Tuesday.
The Road Warriors (5-1) step up their drive for an outright semifinal berth as they collide with the Boracay Rum side (4-4) at 2 p.m. today and Pacific Pipes (4-3) on Thursday.
The PBA D-League Foundation Cup champions are trying to keep their four-game winning streak going before their much-awaited encounter with pacesetter Cebuana Lhuillier on Jauary. 12 for the coveted top spot.
“Our immediate goal is to win our first two games before we face Cebuana. We want to be in the Top 2 but our game against Boracay Rum and Pacific Pipes will be crucial for us,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
But Fernandez remains wary of the Waves, who have won three of the last five games before the holiday break.
“With a very good coach and solid unit, Boracay Rum will be a dangerous team. They could’ve swept their last five games but lost two at endgame,” Fernandez said.
Freego Jeans (6-2), meanwhile, is fancied over Café France (2-5) in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Jeans Makers out to check their skid. They dropped two of their last three games and would need no less than a sweep of their last two assignments to stay in the hunt for an outright spot in the Final Four.
“Our next two games are really important for us. Those games can give us an opportunity to gain at least a tie for one of two slots in the semis,” said Freego Jeans coach Leo Austria.
PC Gilmore (2-5) and ousted DUB Unlimited clash in the opening match at 12 noon.