BREADSTORY-Lyceum goes for a quarterfinal berth, while Tanduay Light hopes to keep alive its bid for a playoff berth on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Pirates face Cebuana Lhuillier at 12 p.m. and the Rhum Masters take on AMA University at 4 p.m.
After struggling in the first few games, Breadstory (4-5) has won two straight and only needs one win to clinch the final quarterfinal berth in its maiden campaign in the developmental league.
The situation of Tanduay Light (4-6) is complicated as the Rhum Masters try to score a win against AMA in their final elimination round game, and hope for losses by Breadstory in its remaining two games.
If on Monday Tanduay wins and Breadstory loses, the Rhum Masters will still have to wait as the Pirates’ last game of the elimination round against Racal Motors is set on January 26.
The top two advance outright to the semifinals, with the third to sixth placers battling it out in the quarterfinals.
Cebuana Lhuillier is still fighting for fourth place and a place twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Cebuana Lhuillier is in fifth place with a 5-4 win-loss slate, half-a-game behind idle Jumbo Plastic Linoleum (6-4), which was coming off a defeat against league leader Hapee on Thursday.
Gems coach Boycie Zamar said they don’t plan to take things lightly against the Pirates.
“Hopefully, the boys will not be content with what we have accomplished and realize the importance of this game. We can’t underestimate our opponent. They’re a competitive and dangerous team,” Zamar said.
In the second game, Café France looks to end the elimination round on a high note against Wangs Basketball at 2 p.m.
The Bakers eye their ninth win for a boost before the quarterfinals, where they hold a twice-to-beat advantage.
Team standings: Hapee 10-0, Cagayan Valley 9-0, Café France 8-2, Jumbo Plastic 6-4, Cebuana Lhuillier 5-4, Breadstory 4-5, Tanduay Light 4-6, Racal Motors 3-7, MJM-Builders 3-7, AMA 3-7, Wangs 2-7, MP Hotel 1-9.