CIGNAL-ATENEO shoots for its second straight PBA D-League win against debuting Family Mart-Enderun today at the Paco Arena.
The Blue Eagles blasted Go for Gold-CSB, 103-75, despite playing without Thirdy Ravena on opening day to gain early leadership in the Aspirants Group.
Coach Tab Baldwin admitted he was impressed with the way the Blue Eagles played, considering the internal rebuild he has subjected his players right after winning the UAAP men’s basketball championship.
“Some guys in our roster are reconstructing their shots. We’re not doing a lot, really, but the guys played very efficiently for us and that’s one thing I really liked,” said Baldwin.
Ravena will miss the second straight game, this time due to his national team duties, but Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Adrian Wong and Ivorian center Ange Kouame are there to take care of business for Cignal.
Game time is at 2 p.m.
Foundation Group leaders Cha Dao-FEU and City of Valencia Bukidnon-San Sebastian in the other scheduled tiff at 4 p.m.
For coach Olsen Racela, he’s just glad that his side was able to get its campaign on the right foot after an 84-62 rout of SMDC-NU last Feb. 18 as he aims to give his boys more exposure through the developmental league.
“We’re here to get exposure for the players. It’s another opportunity for us to get better,” said Racela.
The Golden Harvest are rich in experience with Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan leading the way.
The duo were pivotal in the City of Valencia Bukidnon’s season-opening 110-104 overtime thriller over Marinerong Pilipino, and coach Egay Macaraya already sees bright things ahead with the two at the forefront of the battle.
”I guess yun ang bini-build namin ngayon, building character ng Baste,” said Macaraya.
Family Mart-Enderun, though, is raring to prove that it belongs in the big leagues as coach Pipo Noundou banks on Mark Nunez, Valandre Chauca, and Cameroonian slotman Colince Wabo, with ex-pros Fonzo Gotladera and Marvin Hayes providing the experience.