Games Wednesday (San Juan Gymnasium)
7 p.m. – Bulacan vs Davao Occidental
9 p.m. – San Juan vs Laguna
UNBEATEN in four games, San Juan will protect its immaculate record and try to continue its winning ways in the MPBL Datu Cup. The tournament leading Knights will take on the Laguna Heroes-Krah in tonight’s main game at the San Juan Gymnasium.
Game time is 9 p.m. right after the match between the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports and the Davao Occidental Tigers-Cocolife at 7 p.m.
The Knights had won their first three games with ease, beating their opponents by an average margin of more than 20 points per game, but that changed in their last encounter against the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich where the Go-For-Gold-backed squad nearly self-destructed.
In control of the match most of the way, San Juan flirted with disaster against Caloocan before escaping with an 81-77 triumph last July 21. The Knights are out to come out with a better showing so as not to disappoint their hometown cheering crowd.
Now carrying a 4-0 record, the Knights will be facing a team that went through an endgame meltdown in losing to the Rizal Crusaders. Toting a 2-2 win-loss record, the Heroes will face the undaunted task of pulling the rug from under the tournament’s most dominant squad.
Bulacan shoots for its third straight win, but faces an equally formidable Davao Occidental side that is out to atone from back-to-back tough losses.
After winning its first two games in convincing fashion, Davao Occidental lost its last two games – against the Bataan Risers and the Makati Skyscrapers. The Tigers will have their hands full against the Kuyas, a team on a roll.
The Kuyas demolished the Parañaque Patriots-F2 Logistics at home, 77-58, and survived a tough game against the Bacoor Strikers, 77-76, last July 12. Those victories propelled Bulacan to a 3-1 win-loss card.
Head coach Britt Reroma said the Kuyas are now starting to develop better cohesion, but believes they can get even better as a team as the tournament progresses.