Marinerong Pilipino-TIP and Centro Escolar University dispute the no. 3 spot when they finish off their assignments Thursday in the final eliminations playdate of the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Added motivation for the Engineers are their desire to get back at the Scorpions. CEU dealt Marinerong Pilipino-TIP a 97-79 hammering in their first meeting last June 25. And no doubt, Abu Tratter, Trevis Jackson, and Robbie Manalang would like to redeem themselves from that loss.
The winner of the 1 p.m. game will face the second-seed and the loser draws the top-seed in the best-of-three semi-finals starting Tuesday next week.
Although nothing is at stake in this game, coach Koy Banal urges the Engineers to go out for a win to enjoy some momentum going into the playoffs.
"Of course we want to win. Iba pa rin yung papasok ka sa semifinals na galing ka sa panalo," he said.
Marinerong Pilipino-TIP, had its three-game winning run snapped Monday with an 86-71 loss to Go for Gold.
CEU is well aware of the implications of this game, so coach Derrick Pumaren keeps reminding his chargers to take care of business.
"We can't let the other teams do the dirty work for us. We gotta take care of things for us," he said after the Scorpions' 82-71 win over AMA last week.
Orlan Wamar will anchor the CEU offense together with Pierce Chan, Rich Guinitaran, and Cameroonian big man Gilles Oloume.