(at the Cuneta Astrodome)
7 p.m. — Batangas City vs Laguna
9 p.m. — Pasay vs General Santos
INAUGURAL staging champion Batangas City is now beginning to make its presence felt, winning back-to-back games in the MPBL Datu Cup, but that wasn’t enough to get them to the .500 mark.
The Tanduay-backed Athletics will have a chance of notching only their fifth win in 10 games as they take on the Laguna Heroes-Krah today at 7 p.m.
Host team Pasay Voyagers, still winless at home, will try to break that slump when they take on the General Santos-Golden State Warriors at 9 p.m.
Batangas City is hoping to build up on its last to wins. The team has been struggling this early stage of the tournament and head coach Mac Tan had to rely on big games from Teytey Teodoro lately.
Teodoro, the stocky but sweet shooting guard, averaged 20 points per game in the last two outings and shot six-of-11 from beyond the arc to provide the spark for the Athletics.
The Athletics’ two wins, however, came at the expense of lowly-ranked teams, Pasay and Caloocan, and they will be tested against the Heroes, who are coming off form three straight wins, including a huge upset victory over the powerhouse Manila Stars-Robust Energy Capsule.
In the main game, the Voyagers are looking for their first win at home. They will be taking on a team that has also slayed a giant last time around — the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports.
The Warriors, supported by Golden State College, now carry a 4-4 win-loss mark and had won their last three games, making them a dangerous opponent for Pasay, which lost three straight games and only had two wins to show in nine outings. — Rey Joble