TECHNOLOGICAL Institute of the Philippines eyes a top two spot in its group when it battles cellar-dwelling Alberei on Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
At 4-1, the Engineers will be the first to wrap up their eliminations schedule and have a shot at a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
"It's going to be big for us," said coach Potit de Vera.
The Engineers look to extend their win streak after beating Black Mamba for their second straight victory.
"We want to have that momentum before going on a long break."
TIP could still be without Senegalese import Papa Ndiaye, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.
That puts the responsibility on the shoulders of Russel Tan, Bryan Santos and GC Carurucan as the Engineers look to sustain the win streak.
Gametime is at 1:30 p.m.
Marinerong Pilipino is also looking to lock up a playoff spot at 3:30 p.m. when it takes on Asia's Lashes Tomas Morato (2-1).
The Skippers, featuring Eloy Poligrates and JR Alabanza, benefitted from the sudden withdrawal of Nailtalk-St. Dominic Savio as they now hold a 3-0 card in Group A.
Coach Yong Garcia, however, says tough matches remain.
"Marami pa kaming dapat ayusin dahil yung chemistry talaga ang key para sa amin," he said.
Hyperwash (1-2) shoots for back-to-back wins when it faces McDavid-La Salle Araneta (0-2) at 5:30 p.m.