Fly­ing V eyes semis

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Games To­day (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City) 3 p.m. – Gam­boa Cof­fee vs CEU 5 p.m. – Fly­ing V vs AMA

Un­beaten Fly­ing V shoots for the first out­right semi­fi­nals berth even as Cen­tro Es­co­lar Univer­sity looks to get back on win­ning track when they face sep­a­rate ri­vals to­day in the PBA D-League Foun­da­tion Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Fly­ing V bat­tles AMA On­line Ed­u­ca­tion at 5 p.m. with its eyes set on an eighth straight win that would give the talented rookie squad safe pas­sage to the last four of the PBA’s de­vel­op­men­tal tour­na­ment.

The team of coach Eric Al­tami­rano is com­ing off a 91-79 vic­tory over CEU, which is de­ter­mined to bounce back from that set­back and boost its chances of mak­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals against hard­luck Gam­boa Cof­fee in the 3 p.m. cur­tain­raiser.

CEU cur­rently shares fifth and sixth places with idle Batan­gas at 4-3, thus need­ing a sense of ur­gency per­form well in its last three games to catch the quar­ters bus.

Two sub­plots are in store for the Fly­ing V-AMA duel. The first is the bid of the Thun­der, cur­rently at 7-0, to close in on com­plet­ing an elim­i­na­tion round sweep – a feat achieved by the NLEX Road War­riors in the 2012 and 2014 Foun­da­tion Cup and the Ca­gayan Val­ley Ris­ing Suns in the 2015 As­pi­rants’ Cup.

The other is the first meet­ing of Teng against AMA, the team which he led to the quar­ter­fi­nals in his D-League de­but in the As­pi­rants’ Cup. It was with the Ti­tans where the for­mer La Salle star scored 42 points in his first-ever game.

Mean­while, CEU is bank­ing on Rod Ebondo and Or­lan Wa­mar to re­store its form af­ter a four-game win­ning streak was snapped with the afore­men­tioned loss to Fly­ing V.

Scor­pi­ons coach Yong Gar­cia will also rely on Aaron Jeruta, JK Casino and Joseph Man­lan­git as he ex­pects a stern test from vet­er­an­laden Gam­boa, which has lost six straight af­ter an open­ing day win over Zark’s Burg­ers.

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