CEBUANA Lhuillier parades the core of the University of the East Warriors as they debut against Café France in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Seven UE players from the recently-concluded UAAP Season 76 led by Mythical Five member Roi Sumang are seeing action for the Gems, now also being coached by Warriors mentor Boycie Zamar.
The Gems-Bakers match is set at 4 p.m. in another tripleheader.
Warriors Ralf Olivares, Chris Javier, JM Noble, Adrian Santos, Lord Casajeros, and Jai Flores are also suiting up for Cebuana, together with former UE Warriors Paul Zamar and James Martinez.
The Gems will be facing a Café France squad,led by Eliud Poligrates, that is looking to bounce back after a 74-83 loss to Cagayan Valley.
Zambales M-Builders also hopes to get back on the winning track when it takes on the debuting Wangs Basketball Couriers at 12 p.m.
The M-Builders is coming off an 87-91 loss to Cagayan Valley to drop to 1-1 win-loss.
Cagayan Valley leads the way with a 2-0 win-loss card.
After playing in minor leagues, Wangs is taking its act to the developmental league.
Arellano-Air21 battles Hogs’ Breath Café at 2 p.m.
Hogs’ Breath will be campaigning in the PBA D-League for the second straight time, beefing up its line-up after winning just one game in the Foundation Cup.
The Razorbacks hired Letran head coach Caloy Garcia to lead the squad in hopes of making waves this conference.
Air21, meanwhile, got several players from the Chiefs team in the NCAA including Keith Agovida, Jiovani Jalalon, and Levi Hernandez.