Struggling Mandaluyong meets Laguna; Navotas, Pampanga clash in MPBL
(Alonte Sports Complex)
7 p.m. – Pampanga vs Navotas
9 p.m. – Laguna vs Mandaluyong
MANILA, Philippines – Tamed in the last four outings, Mandaluyong tries to snap skid as it takes on host team Laguna in the resumption of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna.
The El Tigre, one of the leading teams in the early stages of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner, have been struggling lately. Their four straight losses saw them dropping down to sixth spot with a 6-5 win-loss card.
Mandaluyong will try to stop the bleeding in its 9 p.m. encounter with Laguna, which is also suffering from an alarming skid after losing back-to-back games.
Navotas and Pampanga, two teams which figured in a trade during the 10-day trading and picking of free agents, collide in the other game at 7 p.m.
As soon as the trade between Marlon Gomez and Levi Hernandez was consummated and the Clutch were able to acquire free agent Jai Reyes — who was picked up by Caloocan and was traded eventually to Navotas — the Ritchie Ticzon-mentored team got rejuvenated.
Gomez, a hardworking undersized center, made his presence felt quickly as he finished with a double-double effort of 15 points and 14 rebounds in Navotas’ big win over Parañaque.
But all eyes will be on Mandaluyong, which is now under scrutiny following its struggle lately.
Ray Parks missed the team’s last game against the Davao Occidental Tigers and is a doubtful starter in the El Tigre’s game against the Krah-supported Heroes.