Games Tuesday (Ynares Center, Antipolo)
7 p.m. – Gen San vs Makati
9 p.m. – Rizal vs Mandaluyong
FOR three straight games, the El Tigre of Mandaluyong were able to catch a prey. They are now in a roll and looking to add the Rizal Crusaders to their growing list of victims in the MPBL Datu Cup, which resumes today at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
A win over the Xentro Mall-backed Crusaders in their 9 p.m. encounter will give the Dataland-supported El Tigre their fourth win in five games and join the Bataan Risers-Zetapro in a share of second spot in this 26-team cast put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Mandaluyong will be led again by Ray Parks, son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import and league Hall of Famer Bobby Parks, who had proven that he could become one of the most dominant players in the tournament thus far.
A back-to-back MVP in the Asean Basketball League, Parks averaged points 18.5 points per game and is second in assists with an average of eight per game.
In his team’s last win – a 59-55 triumph over Navotas – he finished with 19 points and eight rebounds and came away with big plays down the stretch to keep his team’s winning run. He had a tough drive to the basket that gave his team the lead then came up with a big stop at the defensive end against Levy Hernandez, allowing the El Tigre to escape with a win against the Clutch during their game in Bataan.
For Rizal, stopping Parks is a high priority in its bid to win two in a row. The team is coming off a huge come from behind victory over the Laguna Heroes-Krah a few days ago, but the Crusaders had an added motivation of winning anew, especially in front of their hometown cheering crowd.
Like Mandaluyong, Makati is also looking for its fourth win in five games and the Skyscrapers are heavily favored against the Warriors of Gen San.
The Skyscrapers are coming off a tough 79-77 win over the Davao Occi Tigers-Cocolife where Cedric Ablaza had a near perfect game, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.