(JCSGO gym, Cubao)
3 p.m. – CEU vs Wangs
5 p.m. – Batangas vs Marinerong
Centro Escolar University begins its buildup for the collegiate season as it battles Wangs Basketball today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao, Quezon City.
The Scorpions, who won last year’s inaugural Universities and Colleges Basketball League crown, will bank on their seasoned veterans as they face the Couriers in their opening assignment set at 3 p.m.
Yong Garcia will call the shots for CEU, which will be led by Rod Ebondo, Aaron Jeruta, Joseph Manlangit and Orlan Wamar – players who suited up for CaféFrance in the previous conference.
Out to deny the Scorpions an impressive start is Wangs, which signed up former Victoria Sports standout Robbie Herndon to boost its bid for a breakthrough quarterfinals berth.
Batangas likewise starts its quest as it faces new team Marinerong Pilipino in the other game at 5 p.m.
Former CaféFrance standout Joseph Sedurifa and ex-Mapua playmaker CJ Isit are expected to lead the Batangas team of two-time champion coach Eric Gonzales against the Marinerong Pilipino squad mentored by Koy Banal.
Banal is making his return to coaching duties after a stint with Phoenix in the PBA last season.
Former ASEAN Basketball League import Achie Inigo teams up with one-time La Salle guard Julian Sargent and former PBA cager Mark Isip for Banal’s team.