Preseason champion the Davao Occidental Tigers eye a share of the lead when they tangle with the Quezon City Capitals at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Pasig Sports Center.
In the second game, Pasig takes on Laguna at 9 p.m.
Powered by 5 former PBA pros, the Tigers beat the Imus Bandera, 75-71, on June 14 to serve notice that they are among the teams to reckon with in the 26-team field.
Billy Robles, Leo Najorda, Mark Yee and Bogs Raymundo are again expected to carry the scoring load for the Tigers, one of only four teams from Mindanao.
The Capitals bowed to Anta Rajah Cup titlists the Batangas City Athletics, 95-90, on June 13, despite the efforts of 6-foot-4 Jay Collado with 21 points and 12 rebounds and former pro Jojo Duncil with 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Pasig Pirates and the Laguna Krah Heroes aim for their first win.
The Pirates of team owner-coach James Anton Machate yielded to the Caloocan Supremos, 91-81, while the Heroes of coach Alex Angeles surrendered to the Zamboanga Valientes, 80-86.
Laguna will be led by Denok Miranda while Pasig will feature former Letran Knights Boyet Bautista, Ronjay Enrile and Jonathan Aldave.
After 8 playing days, the Muntinlupa Cagers are alone at the top of the MPBL with a 2-0 record.
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