Red Lions vs Scorpions in D-League Aspirants’ Cup


MARINERONG Pilipino-San Beda takes a shot at the first semifinals berth in the Philippine Basketball Association D-League Aspirants’ Cup when it battles Centro Escolar University (CEU) on Tuesday at the FilOil EcoOil Center in San Juan.

Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda and EcoOil-La Salle are tied for first place at 4-1 won-losat, but the Red Lions could advance to the Final Four by winning its last elimination game against the Scorpions at 2 p.m.

“Finishing in the Top 2 would be nice but as much as possible, we want to take it one game at a time,” San Beda coach Yuri Escueta said. “We want to improve every game.”

CEU is tied with University of Perpetual Help System-Delta at 3-2.

The two teams secured their places in the quarterfinals although they could complicate the battle for outright semifinals berth with victories over their respective opponents. 

Perpetual takes on Wangs Basketball@27 Striker-Letran (2-2) at 4 p.m.

Momentum should be on the side of the Scorpions, who are coming off a 109-107 double overtime win against PSA last Thursday. The Red Lions are well rested but have not played in 11 days.

“It’s all about our desire, we have to climb the summit,” CEU coach Jeff Perlas said.

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