A SIX-DAY schedule in the first week of 2019 will kick off the MPBL Datu Cup beginning with a January 3 double header at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
The Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort begin the new year looking to fortify their hold of the top two spot in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Once the league leader in the tournament, the Cagers had an on-and-off performance late this year and they’re hoping to build a winning run starting with a victory against the Pasay Voyagers in their 9 p.m. encounter.
Now carrying a 10-5 win-loss slate, the Cagers will go for a win to gain more cushion from teams chasing them.
The Voyagers, on the other hand, had a lot of catching up to do as they are currently on 11th spot of the tough northern division, carrying a 6-12 mark. The team had lost its last four games and is in danger of getting eliminated.
In the first game, Quezon City, which posted a string of wins lately, tries to sustain the run when it shoots for a win against lowly Pasig at 7 p.m.
The Capitals are on a three-game winning run and they want to start the new year on a winning note against a Pirates team that only has two wins to show in 16 games so far, and are currently dead last in the standings.
A rare Friday encounter has also been set at the Imus Sports Complex as the host team Bandera takes on Parañaque in the main game at 9 p.m. right after the match between Marikina and Bacoor at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, games will go back to the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium as the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports take on the Navotas Clutch in the main game, right after the match between the Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay and the Basilan Steel at 7 p.m.
Action shifts up north in Bataan on Monday, January 7, as the tournament leaders Risers battle the souped-up Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines in the main game at 9 p.m. right after the 7 p.m. encounter between the Manila Stars-Robust Energy Drink and the Rizal Crusaders-Xentro Mall.
The Risers, the team that established the longest winning run this season at 14th straight, will try to atone from their previous loss at home that they suffered against the San Juan Knights-Go-For-Gold. The team will look to vent their ire against Zamboanga, which has made some massive retooling, acquiring players like Harold Arboleda, Robin Roño, Ivan Villanueva and Mac Montilla from Parañaque and center Allan Santos from Laguna.
On Tuesday, January 8, Quezon City plays its second game for the week as the Black Mamba-supported Capitals square off with the Mandaluyong El Tigre-Dataland in the first game at 7 p.m. right before the match between Pasig and Makati in the main game at 9 p.m.
The Super Crunch of Makati is one of the hottest squads in the tournament and will play the host team Pirates at the Caruncho Sports Complex.
Valenzuela takes it turn to host in the last play date of Week One as the Classic