FAVORED teams Centro Escolar University and Marinerong Pilipino find themselves in the same group as they lead the 14 teams joining the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The Scorpions, coming off a runner-up finish in the Aspirants' Cup, and the Skippers banner Group A when the tourney opens on July 25 at Paco Arena in Manila.
Also part of the group are returnee AMA Online Education and league newcomers Asia's Lashes, Hazchem Inc., iWalk, and NailTalk-St. Dominic Savio.
BST Basilan-St. Clare, meanwhile, will be the frontrunner in Group B with Technological Institute of the Philippines.
Also part of the bracket are new entrants Alberei Kings, Black Mamba Energy Drink, Hyperwash Vipers, Italianos Shoes, and McDavid-De La Salle Araneta.
The top four from each group advance to the quarterfinals, with the top two getting twice-to-beat advantages.