By Jonas Terrado
Metropac-San Beda Univeresity makes its debut today against fellow NCAA contender in University of Perpetual Help as part of a tripleheader in the PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Movers take on the Altas at 2 p.m. hoping to start off their campaign on a bright note in the Foundation Group of the 20-team tournament.
Last year’s Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde tries to bounce back from last week’s embarrassing loss when it battles St. Clare-Virtual Reality in the Aspirants Group at 4 p.m.
Seeing action for the first time this season in the 12 noon opener are The Masterpiece-Trinity University of Asia and Wangs Basketball in the Foundation Group.
Nigerian center Donald Tankoua, James Canlas, Clint Doliguez and AC Soberano lead Metropac-San Beda’s bid to give coach Boyet Fernandez another championship in the PBA’s developmental competition.
Fernandez is the winningest coach in D-League history with eight championships – six with star-studded NLEX and two with Cignal.
Looking to foil Metropac’s bid is Perpetual which will have ex-Red Lion Ben Adamos, Keith Pido, Edgar Charcos and mentored by former San Beda coach Frankie Lim.
Meanwhile, Go for Gold is aching to get back after a 103-75 loss to Cignal-Ateneo in the tournament opener last Valentine’s Day.
Leading the Scratchers of coach Charles Tiu are Justin Gutang and Yankie Haruna.,