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Skippers seek to extend streak

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today

(Pasig Sports Center)

2 p.m.  -- AMA vs. Marinerong Pilipino

4 p.m. -- Batangas vs. JRU

A WELL-RESTED Marinerong Pilipino seeks to stretch its winning run to three games against AMA Online
Education today in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Pasig Sports Center.

The 11-day break will hopefully help the Skippers, especially in their chemistry, something
that coach Koy Banal claims that is crucial to their campaign.
    
“We have a long way to go. We’re a new team compared to the school-based teams na solid.
Kami, we’re practically new and we have a lot of things to improve on as a team. But we know where
to go,” said Banal.
    
Whether Marinerong Pilipino really know the direction it heads will be exposed in the 2 p.m.
encounter.
    
Ending their respective skids is exactly what Jose Rizal University and Batangas-EAC have in
their minds when the two clash in the day’s other game at 4 p.m.
    
Coach Mark Herrera  knows that it would take more than just their new recruits to keep the
Titans in the driver’s seat against the Skippers.
    
Aside from Robbie Manalang, who dropped 40 in a 96-93 win over Batangas last week, AMA was
able to nab Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao.
    
“Defense pa rin ang magdedecide. Doon kami maga-adjust,” said Herrera.
    
Losers of three straight games, coach Gio Lasquety believes that it’s high time for the
Bombers to start winning again.
    
But the young mentor is not underestimating the Generals, who are languishing at the bottom
of the standings.
    
“Ayokong sabihin sa kanila and ayokong ilagay sa isip nila na dahil pareho kaming nasa baba,
kaya na namin silang talunin. I told them na every game, kailangang laruin natin kung paano tayo
maglaro. Wag nating tingnan kung sino ang nasa harapan natin,” said Lasquety.
    
Eyeing to bounce back from its 67-74 loss to Che’Lu-San Sebastian last Thursday, Lasquety is
pleading from his wards to get its act together against Batangas.
    
“Kung tingin natin kayang-kaya natin, laruin natin yung game ng maayos, hindi yung magiging
complacent tayo and magre-relax tayo. Kasi pag ganun ang nangyari, tatalunin tayo niyan,” said
Lasquety.