BIG Chill and NLEX try to keep their records unblemished when they face midtable squads in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Monday at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
The Superchargers face Café France at 12 p.m., while the Road Warriors battle Boracay Rum at 2 p.m.
Big Chill stakes its unbeaten slate as the Superchargers go for their sixth win when they face the Bakers, who hold a 3-2 win-loss slate. Head coach Robert Sison, however, sees a match-up problem in the frontline with Café France boasting of African players Rod Ebondo and Aristote Mutombo.
Café France also won its second straight match following an 80-73 victory over Derulo Accelero last week.
“They’re always a difficult match up for us. So we got to be ready to play physical. Their bigs will sure be a tough challenge for us,” said Sison, whose squad is coming off a 75-56 victory over Derulo Accelero last week.
Even with Boracay Rum’s 2-3 win-loss slate, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez is wary of the Waves led by 2013 Asean Basketball League Finals Most Valuable Player Chris Banchero as the Road Warriors stake their 2-0 win-loss slate.
“We can’t take them lightly,” Fernandez said. “Boracay is a strong team and Chris Banchero is a good player. If they get into a rhythm, they will be tough to beat.”
Completing the tripleheader is the match-up between Cagayan Valley and Wangs Basketball Couriers at 4 p.m. The Rising Suns are looking to improve their 5-1 win-loss slate to stay adrift of the leaders, while the Couriers go for their second win.
Team standings: Big Chill 5-0, Hogs Breath Café 3-0, NLEX 2-0, Cagayan Valley 5-1, Jumbo Plastic 4-1, Blackwater Sports 3-1, Café France 3-2, Boracay Rum 2-3, Zambales M-Builders 2-3, Wangs Basketball 1-3, Cebuana Lhuillier 1-3, Arellano-Air21 1-4, NU-BDO 0-5, Derulo Accelero 0-6.