FOUR-time defending champion NLEX hopes to finally stop the bleeding, but will be extra careful against league newcomer Hogs Breath Café on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Road Warriors are in the bottom of the team standings after uncharacteristically losing their first two games and it will be an interesting match against the Razorbacks, who sit a few notches above at 1-2. Gametime is at 4 p.m.
“Since the start of the league, I believed that all teams are balanced. Even the new teams are good,” NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said.
Hogs Breath Café has already shown that it has what to takes to turn back an experienced team as the Razorbacks pulled off a 69-63 win over former finalist Big Chill in only their second game of the conference.
NLEX, missing big men Ian Sangalang and Greg Slaughter, has lost to Big Chill 86-77 and Cebuana Lhuillier 64-71.
But Road Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez insists they can manage without their giants.
“We continue to draw up our game plan with what we have. We just missed open shots against Cebuana. I told them to continue to shoot and eventually, they will hit it,” said Fernandez.
Despite a promising start, the Razorbacks failed to pull off another upset and suffered a 58-83 setback against the Jimbo Aquino and Ian Sangalang-led EA Regen Medical Group last Thursday to slip to a 1-3 win-loss slate.
In the first game, Blackwater Sports and Cebuana Lhuillier part ways as they battle for solo third place at 2 p.m.
The Elite and Gems are tied with a 2-1 slate along with Café France and Big Chill and a win will move them closer to the undefeated Fruitas (3-0).
EA Regen Medical Group is in solo second by virtue of winning its first and only game of the conference so far.