Games Tuesday (Pasig Sports Center)
7 p.m. — Quezon City vs Davao Occidental
9 p.m. — Pasig vs Laguna
Preseason champion Davao Occidental served notice of its title aspirations in its first game last week by beating Imus as the squad from Mindanao was able to draw big games from its ex-pros led by Billy Robles, Mark Yee, and Leo Najorda among others.
Despite seeing his team winning its debut match, head coach Don Dulay was far from satisfied.
“I just felt we could have played much better,” Dulay told FOX Sports Philippines. “But it’s still a long way to go, which means we have a chance to get better moving forward.”
On Tuesday, the Tigers will get back on the court to face the Quezon City Capitals in the resumption of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Pasig Sports Center in Caruncho Ave.
The Tigers are looking to win their second straight game and a victory would put Davao Occidental in a share of the lead with Muntinlupa in the southern division of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Davao Occidental will be facing a banged up Quezon City squad-backed by Black Mamba. The Capitals are likely to miss the services of ex-pro Jojo Duncil and hardworking forward Mon Mabayo due to various injuries.
Duncil, back on mainstream cage scene after a three-year absence, hurt his hamstring while Mabayo suffered an Achilles injury.
That makes Davao Occidental a heavy favorite to prevail in its 7 p.m. encounter with Quezon City, which is likely to rely on frontliner Jay Collado, guards Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella, gunner PJ Barua and new recruit big man, former Shopinas center Magi Sison.
Pasig and Laguna battle it out in the main game at 9 p.m.
Both squads lost their first game and will try to make it to the win column at each other’s expense.