MANILA, Philippines – Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) will try to lock up a playoff spot in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup when it takes on Black Mamba on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Engineers currently sport a 3-1 card and a win over the newcomers will assure them of a slot in the next round.
"We're already looking ahead. Right now 3-1 kami, so I think we have one foot in the door already sa playoffs. We want to prepare for the playoffs already as early as now," said coach Potit De Vera.
Senegalese big man Pape Ndiaye, Bryan Santos, and Ivan Santos are tipped to lead TIP again, after coming up big in their 133-98 triumph over Italiano's Homme last week.
Black Mamba is expected to put up a challenge, however, after the Energy Drink claimed an impressive 86-82 triumph over Alberei last August 5, which that saw them claw their way back from a 18-point deficit.
But coach Vis Valencia is aware of the challenge that they are facing.
"They're younger, they're faster. We just have to match up 'yung energy ng TIP. They're a young team, they're running, so we have to prepare for that," said the coach.
Valencia will once again be banking on the trio of Dahrell Caranguian, Clark Derige, and John Tayongtong.
Game time is at 1:30 p.m.
In the other games, Centro Escolar University has its sights set in gaining pole position of Group A in when it crosses paths with AMA Online Education at 3:30 p.m., while iWalk aims for back-to-back wins as it goes up against the struggling Nailtalk-St. Dominic Savio at 5:30 p.m.
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