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PBA D-League: Che'Lu, Marinerong Pilipino eye bounce back wins

Michael Calisaan (7) will try to lead Che’Lu-San Sebastian to another win in the PBA D-League. Ricahrd Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Che’Lu Bar&Grill-San Sebastian College and Marinerong Pilipino are both determined to bounce back on Thursday following a pair of frustrating losses in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup last week.

Che’Lu experienced a setback in the form of Wang’s Basketball-Letran, when they squandered a huge lead and gave up a game-winner to Rey Publico in the final four seconds of the game.

They are looking to get back on the winning track against AMA Online Education, which is determined to get on the win column after opening their campaign with back-to-back losses.

“We want to come back strong after that sorry loss against Wangs. We learned that we should not be complacent even when we have a big lead,” said Che’Lu coach Stevenson Tiu.

This means that the Revellers, who are armed with a deep bench, cannot take the lowly Titans for granted.

“It was a good wake-up call,” Tiu said of their 83-82 loss to Wangs’ Basketball-Letran. The coach also urged his reserves to step up and provide their leader, Mike Calisaan, with the support he needs.

The Titans, on the other hand, opened their campaign with back-to-back defeats, making them a dangerous match-up for the Revellers.

AMA coach Mark Herrera is counting on Michael Cañete, Philip Manalang, and Andre Paras to carry the mantle for the Titans in their quest for the breakthrough win.

Game time is at 1 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Meanwhile, Marinerong Pilipino is out to stop a two-game skid when it takes on Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) at 3 p.m.

Pegged as a contender for the title after its strong showing in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, the Skippers opened their Aspirants’ Cup campaign with an impressive 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Since then, however, they have dropped games to Akari-Adamson University and Centro Escolar University.

Meanwhile, Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Claire College seek a follow-up to its 104-81 conquest of Batangas-EAC last Monday to stay close behind early leaders Wangs Basketball-Letran and Jose Rizal University, both with 2-0 records.

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