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March 10, 2019

CEU, San Beda clash for solo lead

Foundation Group co-leaders Centro Escolar University and Metropac-San Beda part ways when the collide Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.

Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

Both the Scorpions and the Movers have banked on their defense to get the job done in their first two games.

CEU has been the best defensive team in the early goings of the tourney, limiting foes to just 70.5 points, while Metropac-San Beda isn't that far behind with its 72.5 points allowed.

Scorpions coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the experience of his troops would favor his side over the Movers.

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"They are a tough team. Hopefully, we come out, show up, and step up to the challenge. This will be a good gauge for us kung nasaan na kami," he said after his CEU's 90-65 win over Perpetual last week.

Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf, Rich Guinitaran, and Tyron Chan will be counted on as CEU seeks win no. 3.

Cameroonian center Donald Tankoua will be out to counter them for Metropac-San Beda, which has also drawn big contributions from young guys James Canlas and Evan Nelle.

"I'm happy with the way they're stepping up," remarked Movers coach Boyet Fernandez.

"The guys coming off the bench are stepping up and proving that they are capable of playing. That's really our focus right now."

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Metropac-San Beda is coming off a 94-70 victory over Wangs Basketball last Feb. 28 and would love to add another victim to its growing list.