What’s left of the Hapee roster looks as intimidating so Cebuana Lhuillier braces for a tough encounter when the two squads collide in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup today.
“This is a big test for the team,” said Cebuana coach Boycie Zamar. “Let’s face it, Hapee is actually the same (six-time champion) NLEX team. Just look at the players.”
The Fresh Fighters, who will have to do without six key men, try to stretch their unbeaten run to five games against the Gems at 2 p.m. today at Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) gym in Manila.
Jumbo Plastic proved too strong even with a depleted roster as the Giants routed MP Hotel, 94-57, Monday to climb to third with a 4-1 record in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Marion Magat came off the bench to shoot a game-high 18 points, while Deniece Villamor and Mark Cruz added a combined 24 points for the Giants, who are missing four mainstays.
Bread Story-Lyceum rolled to a 108-97 win over the MJM M-Builders, who missed some varsity standouts that played in a collegiate league, while AMA University turned back Racal Motors, 83-76, behind the big games of Philip Paniamogan and Jay-R Taganas to tie Bread Story at 2-3.
BREAD Story- Lyceum of the Philippines brought down MJM M-Builders, 108-97, in a high scoring encounter to keep its hopes alive with its second win in five matches in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO gym.
Jack Corpuz, Ed Daquioag and Jiovanni Jalalon led six Bread Story players in doublefigures with 16 points apiece for the Bonnie Tan-mentored Bread story.
Joseph Gabayni also had a monster game with a double-double of 15 points and 13 boards for Bread Story.
PBA aspirant Moala Tautuaa, a burly, 6-foot-7 Fil-Tongan currently plying his trade with the unbeaten Cagayan Rising Sun in the PBA D-League, is aware of the high expectations that Filipino basketball fans have for part-foreign players like him.
“Growing up, my mom told me about it,” Tautuaa told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
Tautuaa’s Filipina mother Romanita hails from Cabanatuan, and watched the PBA for many years before they moved to the US. Tautuaa’s father, Moala, Sr., never played ball but did pass on some good genes from his side of the family.
Jumbo Plastic tries to sustain its winning run versus MP Hotel despite missing several key players today in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
The Giants, who recently lost a fourth player to injury, gun for a fourth victory in five outings versus the MP Warriors at 2 p.m.
“He’s a big loss in our rotation,” said coach Stevenson Tiu after big man Maclean Sabellina fractured his index finger in the dying seconds of the Giants’ 81-65 drubbing of Wangs last Thursday.
Moala Tautuaa had a huge debut but it was Cagayan Valley’s Fil-Am trio who delivered the key shots as the Rising Suns slipped past Cafe France in double overtime, 89-84, yesterday to grab a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.
The Filipino-Tongan Tautuaa, this year’s No. 1 rookie pick, finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists to share the limelight with Abel Galliguez, Alexander Austria and Randy Dilay, who went on a scoring tear at crunchtime to power the Rising Suns to their fourth straight triumph.
“I like my team—they’re good players and they’re all strong,” said Tautuaa, who arrived last weekend. “It’s a team game, and they welcomed me to be a part of their team. I like it.”
Cagayan Valley unveils its prized recruit against Cafe France today as both teams seek a piece of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Rising Suns and the Bakers, both unbeaten in three games, vie to join idle Hapee on top in their 2 p.m. match with Cagayan finally fielding Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa, this season’s No. 1 Rookie Draft pick.
“We’re very excited because Moala will solve our being undersized,” Cagayan guard Abel Galliguez said of the 6-foot-7 Tautuaa, who just came from a finals stint with Malaysia Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).