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Skippers face Jawbreakers as D-League unfurls new season

COMING off a successful pre-season championship, Marinerong Pilipino will test the mettle of Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum of the Philippines University in an early showdown of top PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup contenders today at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Skippers coach Koy Banal are bracing for a rough sailing in the 4 p.m. clash with the Jawbreakers to usher in the developmental league’s eighth season.

“They are a solid team that has a very smart coach. Zark’s will be a handful for us but we’re a formidable team and hopefully, we’ll be able to fast track everything in time for our first game,” said Banal.

Chemistry is what Marinerong Pilipino is still lacking despite winning a warm-up tournament - the Sinulog Cup in Cebu last week.

“We are practically a new team with seven players who just practiced less than three weeks ago. I wish we could have more time to practice as a team because it takes time to learn the system. So chemistry is definitely going to be a disadvantage for us,” said Banal.

A semifinalist in last year’s Foundation Cup, the Skippers hope that blue-chip rookies Alvin Pasaol, Abu Tratter, and Vince Tolentino need to fit in Banal’s system right away.

Author: Theodore Jurado, People's Journal
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