Powerhouse teams Manila and Mandaluyong slug it out in an explosive MPBL Datu Cup encounter Wednesday night at the San Andres Gym.
Both teams are eager to bounce back strong following their stinging losses to less fancied rivals last time around, making the match more interesting owing to the urgency of the two squads to win.
Game time is 9 p.m.
Only half a game separates both teams as Manila holds a 7-2 win-loss card following their 74-68 loss at the hands of Laguna last week. Mandaluyong, which totes a 6-2 record, on the other hand, was also stunned by Basilan, 70-68.
Expect fireworks to happen once the Stars, backed up by Robust Energy Capsule, and the Dataland-supported El Tigre collide in hope of getting back on the winning track.
How Ray Parks, the sensational son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import and league Hall of Famer Bobby Parks, can perform against the equally tough team in Manila, backstopped by ex-pros Roger Yap, Riel Cervantes and Drian Celada and young stars Aris Dionisio and Chris Bitoon, among others, is highly anticipated by fans.
Parks has been producing MVP numbers for Mandaluyong. He is the second-best scorer in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner, averaging 20.4 points per game and is also in the top 10 in assists and steals.
In the first game, Quezon City and Pampanga clash at 7 p.m. as the two struggling squads try to change their fortunes.
Quezon City, which is being supported by Black Mamba, is playing only its seventh game as heavy rains forced the league to cancel their matches. The Capitals last played on Sept. 8 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig where they outlasted the Valenzuela Classic-CDO Idol Cheesedog. The team carries a 2-4 slate.
The Capitals will be facing a Lanterns team owned by Congressman Dong Gonzales that has lost three in a row. What makes the situation tougher for Pampanga is the fact that it will lose its top scorer, Michael Juico, for the rest of the season due to a muscle tear on his knee.
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