CAFÉ FRANCE goes for a win against Cebuana Lhuillier in the hope of further boosting its morale in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Bakers go for their second consecutive win against the veteran cast of the Gems in the 4 p.m. encounter.
Informatics and Jose Rizal University clash in the first game at 2 p.m.
With a 2-1 (win-loss) record, the Bakers are looking to tie the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns for third place in the standings.
Café France coach Egay Macaraya likes what he is seeing from his team following its 73-58 win over Erase XFoliant last week.
“It proves that we are starting to gel. But the most important thing is they’re starting to believe in themselves… that they could win if they play hard and support each other,” Macaraya said.
And the Café France coach is optimistic about the Bakers’ chances against the Gems.
“Against Cebuana, we always want to be the underdog because that’s a very good motivation. But our ability to push ourselves to improve will make the difference,” Macaraya said.
The Gems, with players no younger than 24 years of age, currently carry a 1-2 record after a 61-81 loss to Big Chill, but Beaujing Acot’s boys are not about to panic at this point of the season.
“We just have to take things positively and learn from our mistakes,” said Acot. “I see no reason for us not to work hard.”
The Icons and Heavy Bombers are both seeking to translate their good showing against three-time defending champion NLEX to victory.
Informatics gave NLEX the fits before losing in the stretch, 81-88, Tuesday at the San Juan gym.
JRU on the other hand, appeared to have the game in the bag against the Road Warriors, until the reigning champions pulled crucial stops in the end before dropping an 87-91 decision last week.