July 31, 2022

Marinerong Pilipino eyes outright semis berth versus CEU

MARINERONG Pilipino gets one more shot at securing a top two spot in the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup playoffs on Monday when it takes on Centro Escolar University at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Skippers are expected to have Jollo Go back in the fold for the 1 p.m. game as they try to avoid complications and earn the outright semifinals berth.

Juan Gomez de Liano, Kemark Carino and the rest of the crew are sure to be out for blood after a shock 88-80 loss to Builders Warehouse-UST on Thursday.

"Kailangan naming matuto sa pagkatalong ito. Importante para sa amin yun kasi papalapit na yung playoffs," said Marinerong Pilipino coach Yong Garcia as his side currently holds a 4-2 win-loss record.

The Skippers better learned their lessons from that setback, all the more as they're facing a scrappy Scorpions crew which are coming off a confidence-boosting 81-75 victory over Wangs Basketball @26-Letran.

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"Mas maganda yung mindset ng players namin ngayon," said CEU coach Chico Manabat as his side looks to punch its ticket to the next round and rise from a 3-3 slate.

Franz Diaz, Lenard Santiago, and Jerome Santos have stepped their games up for the Scorpions and will once again be counted on in this final elimination game. (RL)