UNBEATEN teams Centro Escolar University and Metropac-San Beda battle for the early lead in the Foundation group on Monday in in the PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.
The Scorpions and Movers face off at 4 p.m. following the 2 p.m. clash between unbeaten Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR (2-0) and winless SMDC-NU (0-2).
Both the Scorpions and the Movers have banked on their defense to get the job done in their first two games.
CEU has been the best defensive team in the early goings of the tourney, limiting foes to just 70.5 points, while Metropac-San Beda isn't that far behind with 72.5 points allowed.
"They are a tough team. Hopefully, we come out, show up, and step up to the challenge. This will be a good gauge for us kung nasaan na kami," said coach Derrick Pumaren after CEU's 90-65 win over Perpetual last week.
Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf, Rich Guinitaran and Tyron Chan will be counted on as CEU seeks win No. 3.
Cameroonian center Donald Tankoua will be out to counter them for Metropac-San Beda, which has also drawn big contributions from young guys James Canlas and Evan Nelle.
"I'm happy with the way they're stepping up," said Movers coach Boyet Fernandez. "The guys coming off the bench are stepping up and proving that they are capable of playing. That's really our focus right now."
Metropac-San Beda is coming off a 94-70 victory over Wangs Basketball last Feb. 28 and would love to add another victim to its growing list.