Cafe France starts its title-retention bid against Topstar ZC Mindanao in the opener of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on June 2 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Bakers are motivated to defend their title after losing to Phoenix in the Finals last conference, and are expected to make a huge splash when they battle the Aguilas at 2 p.m. The main game features Tanduay Rhum and AMA Online Education at 4 p.m.
The Accelerators will play their first game against the Rhum Masters, who are eyeing to build on their late surge last conference, on June 7, the same day the Racal Tile Masters take on the Titans.
Fans of Matthew Wright and Jason Brickman will have to wait a little bit longer to see them in action in the Philippines as the Fil-foreign studs opted to forego a chance to play this upcoming PBA D-League conference.
Blustar Detergent coach Ariel Vanguardia said that the Fil-Canadian Wright, last season’s ABL Finals MVP, and Fil-Am Brickman are both considering stints in Europe.
“Yes, di na sila makakalaro. They are mulling offers to play in Europe,” he said.
PETALING JAYA: The Westports Malaysia Dragons are set to compete in the Philippines Basketball Association’s (PBA) Developmental League Foundation Cup.
The Dragons, who won their maiden Asean Basketball League (ABL) title in March, will go head-to-head with six other teams – Phoenix Petroleum Accelerators (Far Eastern University), Cafe France Bakers (Centro Escolar University), Racal Tile Masters, Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, AMA University Titans and the Mindanao Aguilas – in the D-League, which starts on June 2.
The Dragons will also adopt a new name – the Blustar Detergent Dragons – when they compete in the D-League.
Fil-Canadian forward Matthew Wright and Fil-Am guard Jason Brickman are set to make their PBA D-League debut as the reigning ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Westports Malaysia Dragons take their act to the developmental league.
Backed by Ever Bilena, coach Ariel Vanguardia’s crew will be named Blustar Detergent Dragons and will join the field for the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, set to open in May.
The PBA approved the application on Monday, albeit with some reservations.
The ASEAN Basketball League champion Westports Malaysia Dragons could play as a guest team in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup after Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy expressed support in helping the foreign club participate in the tournament which starts next month.
Sy and the Dragons have had initial talks after the plan was broached by Malaysia’s Filipino coach Ariel Vanguardia, who happens to be an assistant coach for Blackwater in the PBA.
Should both parties formalize their tie-up, Sy is willing to shoulder the R400,000 franchise fee while the Dragons could use one of the former’s product which will likely be Blu Detergent.
Paul Zamar did his mightiest to lift Café France over the hill against the upstart Phoenix-FEU but life isn’t a fairy tale as he still fell short to lead the team in their bid for back-to-back titles.
Café France lost in overtime 88-81, but what was more heartbreaking for Zamar was the fact that he was the lone Baker who managed to score in overtime.
Zamar scored all seven of the Bakers’ points in their 88-81 loss to the Accelerators and he knew one man didn’t make a team.
Mac Belo and Ed Daquioag may have been on opposite sides in their collegiate careers but in the semi-pro league, the two have become brothers-in-arms.
UAAP rivals became the best of teammates as the two joined forces for Phoenix-FEU Accelerators and Belo is one amazing teammate for Daquioag.
Belo led the Accelerators to its first PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title and the victory was even sweeter when he shared it to his former opponent.