Games Monday, Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig
3 p.m. – Gamboa Coffee Mix vs CEU
5 p.m. – Flying V vs AMA Online Education
MANILA, Philippines – The lone unbeaten team in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Flying V knows that a sweep of the elimination round is possible with just three more games to go in their schedule.
However, coach Eric Altamirano does not want his boys to get blinded with the chance of nabbing the rare feat, an accomplishment that has only been done three times in the history of the league.
Rather, Altamirano wants his players to focus on their preparation for the playoffs.
“Ang importante is we play one game at a time and we continue to improve as a team. Hopefully, we’ll be sharp come playoff time,” said Altamirano.
NLEX staged perfect runs in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, before Cagayan Valley did the same in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.
Talks of a perfect elimination run grew louder after Flying V’s commanding victories over powerhouse teams, which led to their perfect 7-0 win-loss record in the conference.
The Thunder stakes that immaculate slate when they clash against the always-dangerous AMA Online Education (1-6) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City at 5 p.m.
A win will give Flying V an outright semifinals seat in the Foundation Cup.
The Thunder will once again bank on its leaders Jeron Teng, Gab Banal, and Eric Salamat, as they clash against the Titans crew bannered by Mario Bonleon and Renzo Subido.
Although heavily favored against AMA, Altamirano said that this will be a good test for his Flying V crew as he wants no see no let-ups regardless on the strength of its foe.
“Importante lang is we play our game and not be complacent,” said Altamirano.
In the first game, Centro Escolar University (4-3) is hoping to inch closer in nabbing a playoff seat as it faces off against also-ran Gamboa Coffee Mix (1-6) at 3 p.m.
The Scorpions want nothing but a bounce back victory after seeing their four-game winning streak snapped by Flying V last week.
The Coffee Lovers, meanwhile, are just wishing to snap their six-game losing skid and aim for an upset to muddle the playoff race this late in the eliminations.
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