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Racal, JRU stake unbeaten records in early tip-offs

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By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--Early frontrunners Racal and Jose Rizal University stake their unbeaten records when they battle different foes Monday at 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.

For Tile Masters coach Jerry Codinera, he is hopeful that his players have learned their lessons after escaping with a 78-73 win over AMA Online Education on Monday.

"We underestimated them. We learned so much from this game and it really shows that you can't take anyone lightly dito," he said.

That's why Codinera is hell-bent on straightening up his wards' acts when they play Batangas at 11 a.m.

The Batanguenos, meanwhile, acknowledge the discrepancy in talent but is hopeful to at least hang on against Racal.

"Expected finalist at malakas yan. We just want to play fair, decent, and wag lang sana kaming matambakan," said Coach Eric Gonzales.

On the other hand, JRU coach Vergel Meneses doesn't want to be blinded by his team's 2-0 record, noting that there's still a lot of improvements to be done for his side.

"Marami pang kailangang ayusin, lalo na sa execution," he said.

Meneses knows that he's in for a tough challenge when the Heavy Bombers play AMA Online Education later in the day at 1 p.m.

"It's going to be a battle of execution. Yung defense namin, nandyan na so kailangan na lang namin sila ma-limit sa opensa," he said.

Titans coach Mark Herrera is also seeking to end his side's two-game losing slide to reboot his team's playoff chances.

"Pag natalo pa kami sa JRU, bababa kami. Ang habol namin outright semis at twice-to-beat. Dito kami magsisimula sa JRU at sana magtuloy-tuloy na," he said.

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