BUILDERS Warehouse-UST, EcoOil-La Salle and Marinerong Pilipino shoot for their second straight wins as they play separate opponents today in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Paco Arena.
The Growling Tigers are fancied to prevail over AMA Online Senior High in the 1 p.m. opening tussle of a three-game schedule.
The Skippers take on debuting ADG Dong-Mapua in the second game at 3 p.m. while the Green Archers go up against Karate Kid-CEU at 5 p.m.
Builders Warehouse, a team represented here by the Growling Tigers, opened its season with a smashing 115-62 win over Technological Institute of the Philippines last Thursday while EcoOil-Green Archers beat Wangs’-Letran 102-90 in the inaugurals last week.
Marinerong Pilipino easily downed Karante Kid-CEU, 93-57, also last Monday.
Coach Aldin Ayo refused to be carried away by the Tigers’ early success, insisting his goal remains on fortifying the players’ understanding of the system.
“We still have to establish our system and execute our schemes both on offense and defense,” said Ayo.
Top guns Mark Nonoy, Rhenz Abando and reigning UAAP MVP Soulmane Chabi Yo are expected to carry the fight for the Builders Warehouse.
Coach Derrick Pumaren knows that their participation in the development league is intended also to prepare the team for the UAAP Season 83 battle.
“Adjustment right now is getting to know the players. We’re still trying to assess everybody on who will make it to the coming season. Right now, D-League is part of the program going to the UAAP,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren, who is back as La Salle coach, said that the Archers are a work in progress.
“I’m still adjusting. I’m still trying to learn the players. We’re still trying to implement changes dahil sometimes they still go back to their old habits. But we’re getting there,” added Pumaren, who led the Archers to back-to-back title in the UAAP in 1990.