FRUITAS hopes to continue its winning form despite the long break as the Shakers stake their unbeaten streak against Cagayan Valley on Thursday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
Fruitas coach Nash Racela expects his wards to be in game shape after a 13-day break that included the Lenten holidays as they battle the Rising Suns at 2 p.m.
“Everybody should be healthy on Thursday,” said Racela, whose wards own a 3-0 win-loss slate.
Racela’s squad is coming off two hard-earned victories — a comeback from 22-points down against Cebuana Lhuillier, and a double-overtime thriller against Blackwater — and he is expecting an even tougher game against last conference’s runners-up.
“The last two games were really tough for us. This one should be another challenge considering they’re coming off back-to-back wins,” Racela said.
The Rising Suns beat Jumbo Plastic, 83-74, on Monday face the prospect of playing without a head coach for a second straight game as Alvin Pua helps with his wife’s campaign for the mayoral spot in Alcala, Cagayan.
In the first game, NLEX tries to even its record when it takes on Boracay Rum at 12 p.m.
Coach Boyet Fernandez and Road Warriors go for their second win when they take on the Waves, who have a 3-2 slate after their 85-75 win over EA Regen last Monday.
Café France, meanwhile, seeks its fourth straight win when the Bakers go up against EA Regen at 4 p.m.
The Bakers moved to solo third place in the standings at 3-1 when they defeated Big Chill, 80-75, on Monday.
Café France can actually claim the top spot with Blackwater Sports if the Shakers lose to the Rising Suns.