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    St. Clare Saints, CEU Scorpions look to secure top two spots

    Sep 1, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare and Centro Escolar University have their eyes set on a top two finish in their respective groups on Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    The Saints (4-0) are seeking to hurdle Black Mamba (3-1) in A Group B showdown at 1:30 p.m., while the Scorpions (4-0) have Hazchem (1-3) standing in their way in a Group A clash at 3:30 p.m.

    BRT Sumisip-St. Clare secured a place in the quarterfinals with a 112-100 win over McDavid-La Salle Araneta last week and another victory would give it the a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

    But more than anything, coach Stevenson Tiu hopes to address his team's defensive woes which showed up versus McDavid-La Salle Araneta as his wards lost hold of a 24-point lead before hanging on to the 12-point spread.

    "Taken for grated nila yung defense. May moments na good pero may times na nagpapabaya. Kailangan ma-check namin yung tendencies na ganyan," said the veteran mentor, who will bank on Malian big man Mohammed Pare, Junjie Hallare, and Irvin Palencia.

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    It's the same case for CEU which has been on a rampage so far this conference, winning its first four outings, the last of which a 36-point destruction of iWalk, 120-84, last Aug. 22.

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    "That's what we want, na makuha namin yung top two sa group namin," said coach Derrick Pumaren, who will lean on Senegalese slotman Malick Diouf, sweet-shooting forward Rich Guinitaran, and Kyle Sunga in the affair.

    Capping off Monday's triple-header is the faceoff between Group B cellar-dwellers Alberei's (1-4) and McDavid-La Salle Araneta (0-4) at 5:30 p.m.

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    PHOTO: Dante Peralta
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