Games Jan. 3
(Alonte Sports Arena)
7 p.m. --Pasig vs Quezon City
9 p.m. --Muntinlupa vs Pasay
THE MPBL Datu Cup resumes on Thursday, Jan. 3 for its first play date of the new year which pits host team Muntinlupa going up against Pasay in the main game at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Once the tournament leader until the team blows hot and cold, the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers carry a 10-5 win-loss card for solo second in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
They will face a slumping Voyagers team that has lost its last four games and is currently at 11th spot with a 6-12 win-loss record in their 9 p.m. encounter.
Following changes made on its roster, including a controversial coaching change that turned the fortunes of the squad, the Cagers are determined to move on and resume their bid to close out the elimination round at the upper level of the standings.
Their 80-74 triumph over the Imus Bandera in their last game of 2018 could be the start of something positive for the Cagers.
Quezon City, a team on a rise, battles lowly Pasig in the first game at 7 p.m.
The Capitals, supported by Black Mamba Energy Drink, have won their last three games to improve their win-loss record to 6-8. They will take on a Pirates team, owner of the tournament’s worst record at 2-14 and has lost five in a row.
Quezon City has been playing well using its small ball combination and will be needing it more against a Pasig team that is pressed to win its remaining games in hope of catching the last quarterfinals berth in this tough northern division.