EA Regen and Big Chill collide for the first time since a surprise trade over a week ago, with the Regens looking to boost its chances of taking a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals and the Superchargers fighting for dear life at the resumption of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
EA Regen, currently holding the fourth position in the team standings with a 5-3 win-loss slate, hope to inch closer to the league leaders.
The match will also be crucial for the Big Chill as a loss will eliminate the team from the quarterfinals. Not even a win will assure them of a playoff spot as they will have to rely on the fortunes of other teams in order to advance.
Gametime is at 4 p.m.
Head coach Allan Trinidad hopes that Alex Nuyles will play a big role in their quest for at least the twice-to-beat advantage as they return to action after the developmental league took a respite to give way to the PBA All-Star festivities in Digos City.
Nuyles was Big Chill’s second leading scorer with 12.3 points a game before being dealt to EA Regen. Jeckster Apinan, meanwhile, was acquired by Big Chill to boost its frontcourt.
“Marami pa dapat ma-improve. Baka sakali yung pahinga at yung pagdating ni Nuyles magbago ang takbo ng team,” said Trinidad, whose team is still in contention for one of the two outright spots in the semifinals.
The Superchargers won their first match with Apinan, scoring a 93-73 win over Cebuana Lhuillier for a 5-5 card. Apinan had a team-high 10 rebounds and came up with four points.
In the first game, playoff-seeking Café France and Cagayan Valley face each other at 2 p.m. The Bakers and the Rising Suns are tied for fifth place with a 5-4 win-loss card.
The Bakers try to turns things around after losing two in a row. The Rising Suns, on the other hand, have won successive games against Hog’s Breath Café and Boracay Rum.