Jumbo, Euro-Med eye twice-to-beat spot in PCBL as Sta. Lucia welcomes Bong Dela Cruz
Bong Dela Cruz has joined the revamped coaching staff of Sta. Lucia. Jaime Campos

WITH the last twice-to-beat berth up for grabs, Jumbo Plastic and Euro-Med try to zero in on the No. 2 seat in the playoffs of the PCBL Chairman’s Cup on Wednesday at the Marikina Sports Center.

The Linoleum Giants face the also-ran Supremo Lex Builders in the first game at 5 p.m. while Euro-Med will have to earn it the hard way when it takes on early qualifier Mighty Sports in the main game at 7 p.m.

Mighty Sports booked the top spot in the quarterfinal round after hurdling Sta. Lucia, 92-85, on Sunday, to assure itself of a twice-to-beat incentive in the next round.

The newest powerhouse squad bannered by top PBA prospect Kiefer Ravena is currently sitting alone at the top with a 9-1 win-loss slate.

The race for the top two berth has become tighter among teams like Jumbo Plastic and SCTEX, which are tied for second to third places in the team standings with a 6-4 win-loss record, fourth placer Euro-Med at 5-5 and Sta. Lucia Realty at No.5 with a 5-6 record.

Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia Realty welcomed the inclusion of former University of Santo Tomas Tigers coach Bong dela Cruz to its coaching staff.

Dela Cruz will join the coaching staff now headed by Ogie Gumatay, who took over the reins vacated by Bonnie Garcia.

“I’m glad that one of my sons has come back home,” said Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado, referring to Dela Cruz’s return to the Realtors’ fold.

Dela Cruz was a longtime player of Encarnado with the Philippine Youth team that also had Marlou Aquino and Boyet Fernandez before joining Sta. Lucia in the old PABL.

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