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    UST looks to boost D-League playoff bid as Tigers battle Che'Lu Bar

    May 5, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    UST tries to move closer to a playoff spot as it battles Che'Lu Bar and Grill on Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JSCGO Gym in Cubao.

    The Growling Tigers are aiming to rise from its current 5-1 slate and also stay in the running for the top two seats in the Aspirants Group.

    "What we're thinking is how to establish our system. It's important this early na mabuo yung team at magawa ng mga bata ang system," said coach Aldin Ayo after Ironcon-UST's 111-90 win over McDavid last week.

    Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi Yo led the Growling Tigers, who also got solid outings from rookies Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy, and veterans Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee.

    Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

    On the other hand, the Revellers are intent to stay in the playoff race as they have lost two games to fall to an even 3-3.

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    That latest setback saw Che'Lu lose to Cignal-Ateneo, 102-88, last week, and coach Stevenson Tiu knows that at this point, there's no more room for error.

    "Kailangan na namin ma-sweep yung mga natitirang laro namin," he said.

    Foundation Cup MVP Jeff Viernes will be bannering the Revellers, together with Rey Suerte, Jhaps Bautista and Jessie Collado.

    Resurgent SMDC-NU (2-5) is looking to continue its late Foundation Group playoff run when it takes on skidding Wangs Basketball (3-4) at 12 p.m., while cellar-dwelling Perpetual (1-5) and CD14 Designs-Trinity (0-7) fight for pride at 2 p.m.

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