TWO teams looking to move up to the PBA collide as D-League rivals Blackwater Sports and NLEX clash in the Foundation Cup on Tuesday at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
The Elite battle the Road Warriors in an early marquee rematch of last year’s Foundation Cup title showdown.
Gametime is set at 2 p.m. in the second game of a twin bill.
Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac said the team looks to take advantage of the unfamiliarity as they clash in their first games of the conference
“Ngayon na para unscouted ka na, unscouted din sila. Biglaan na lang,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac in his short take of Tuesday’s game.
Blackwater, which could be seeing action for the last time in the Foundation Cup after applying for membership in the PBA, made roster changes this conference, cquiring Reil Cervantes, John Pinto, Don Trollano, and Mark Cruz in hopes of being a title contender this conference.
NLEX has also applied for membership in the pro ranks and looks to start its bid for a sixth D-League title on a high note.
The Road Warriors also made a major pick-up for this conference, adding two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks to the already star-studded roster.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez, however, downplayed their chances against Blackwater in its first game of the conference following its conquest of the Aspirants Cup last month.
“A newly-retooled and stronger Blackwater for our first game is a tough one but, as we always do, we will make sure that we are well-prepared every game. Our defense will be the key for us,” said Fernandez.
In the first game, Aspirants Cup runner-up Big Chill tests the mettle of Hog’s Breath Café at 12 noon.
The Superchargers have a relatively intact line-up, while adding Adrian Celada to the roster after Cervantes signed with Blackwater during the offseason.
The Razorbacks, meanwhile, welcomes the addition of ex-pro JP Belencion, whose contract was not renewed by Globalport in the PBA.