DEFENDING champion NLEX seeks to extend its unbeaten start to four games when it battles struggling Café France in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
The NLEX Road Warriors, with a roster of the finest in the collegiate ranks, can solidify their hold of top spot with a victory in the 12 noon encounter with the Bakers.
Café France hasn’t played since a 74-82 loss to Cebuana Lhuillier last March 28, but NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez remains wary of the Bakers.
“We can’t take them lightly,” said Fernandez, who gave his wards a few days off during the Holy Week. “They are a dangerous team, which we just can’t underestimate.”
Junior Powerade guns for back-to-back wins against winless Boracay Rum at 2 p.m.
The Tigers hope to ride the momentum of their come-from-behind 67-61 victory over the Cagayan Rising Suns.
Arvin Padilla lifted the Tigers with an 18-point explosion in the second half, where Junior Powerade rallied from a 10-point deficit.
The Waves’ latest setback came against Blackwater Sports—a 56-67 defeat just before the Holy Week break.
The NLEX Road Warriors are coming off an 86-53 drubbing of Junior Powerade. Cedelf P. Tupas
(Ynares Sports Center)
12 nn—NLEX vs Café France
2 p.m.—Jr. Powerade vs Boracay Rum