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Tanduay, CEU gun for semis spots in D-League

MANILA, Philippines — Pretenders are gone, and contenders remain.

And after 55 games, the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup goes into overdrive as the playoffs begin on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, Tanduay and Centro Escolar University both look to move forward to the next level and join Flying V and Cignal HD in the semifinals.

However, getting through the quarterfinals isn’t going to be a breeze for the two, with Batangas and Marinerong Pilipino waiting for an ambush.

Despite the Rhum Masters being slotted as the third-seed, coach Lawrence Chongson is far from convinced that his team, led by Lester Alvarez and Paul Varilla, has a clear advantage against the Skippers when the two teams cross paths at 5 p.m.

“To be honest, I’ve been here a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things happen. Sa pinapakita ng team ko, we might have a hard time contending,” he said. “Aasa kami sa swerte at talbog ng bola, but I think we can squeeze it out naman sa quarters.”

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/02/1723952/tanduay-ceu-gun-semis-spots-d-league

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