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Skippers gun for first D-League title

October 09, 2019

Marinerong Pilipino seeks to seize its first championship when it tries to finish off BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare College in Game Two of the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) Foundation Cup finals today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The Skippers and the Saints clash anew at 1 p.m.

Marinero sailed a win within its maiden D-League crown after taking down BRT Sumisip-St. Clare, 69-59, in the best-of-three series opener last Thursday.

Marinerong Pilipino’s Eloy Poligrates guards Junjie Hallare of BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare College during Game 1 of the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup finals. PBA D-LEAGUE MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

The Skippers are also eyeing to become the only second team to sweep a conference after NLEX did the feat in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Foundation Cup.

Head coach Yong Garcia’s Marinero squad is unscathed in 10 games so far.

But Garcia wants to make sure that his crew will not make the same mistake of wasting away a huge lead.

Marinero led by as high as 19 points early in Game One but allowed Sumisip-St. Clare to close within seven markers in the endgame.

“That was already our problem before and it happened again. Hopefully, we can correct it in Game Two so we will not look like a roller coaster,” said Garcia.

Conference Most Valuable Player top candidate Eloy Poligrates will lead the Skippers’ assault along with young guard Rev Diputado and big man William McAloney.

On the other hand, Sumisip-St. Clare veteran mentor Stevenson Tiu is positive that they can still force a title decider after seeing his team’s airtight defense in the first game.

“If we play that kind of game defensively the whole game, we have a chance to win,” said Tiu, who is aiming for a first D-League trophy in his third finals appearance.

Tiu’s Saints, who are also gunning for a breakthrough title in the developmental league, will bank on Malian center Mohammed Pare, seasoned forward Jhaps Bautista and playmaker Joshua Fontanilla.

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