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May 27, 2019

St. Clare hopes to get job done vs Metropac-San Beda

ST. Clare College Virtual Reality tries to get the job done and clinch a semi-final berth in the 2019 PBA D-League when it battles Metropac-San Beda Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The second seeded Saints enjoy a the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals and hope to capitalize on that in the 4 p.m. encounter.

Coach Jinino Manansala is convinced his squad, bannered by Junjie Hallare, Irven Palencia, and Joshua Fontanilla, are more than ready to scale greater heights.

"Pinrepare ko ang players ko. Sana madala namin sa next phase," he said after finishing the eliminations with a 119-89 trouncing of AMA Online Education.

But to do that, they will have to overcome a tough Movers side mentored by eight-time PBA D-League champion coach Boyet Fernandez.

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Metropac-San Beda, though, hasn't had the best of luck in the draw as of late, losing its last two games and will head straight to the game from the airport from their United States training just for the crucial tiff.

Fernandez, though, believes that this could only draw the character of his young side.

"Kailangan namin yung mga ganitong tests. We've said na bata ang team namin, and there's no better way for them to gain experience than facing teams like these," he said, looking at James Canlas, Clint Doliguez, and Donald Tankoua to carry the load for the Movers.