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Phoenix-FEU eyes share of lead in clash versus UP-QRS-JAM

Phoenix-FEU looks to stay unbeaten after three games, while AMA tries to move to the win column. PBA (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--Despite his team's opponent coming from a devastating loss to Cafe France-CEU, Phoenix-FEU coach Eric Gonzales remains wary at what fellow UAAP squad UP-QRS-JAM has to offer in their PBA D-League Aspirant's Cup match on Tuesday.

"Di sila madaling kalaban. Beterano yung team nila and what they have is the best of the schools," said Gonzales on the Fighting Maroons, who aside from the core of their UAAP team last year also have UST King Tiger Kevin Ferrer, NU King Bulldogs Gelo Alolino and Kyle Neypes, and former Perpetual Help King Alta Jong Baloria.

Incidentally, the 2 p.m. match-up between the Maroons and the Accelerators at the FilOil Flying V Centre happens to be the first time Ferrer and fellow UST star Ed Daquioag will face off against each other since teaming up to lead their squad to the UAAP finals. Daquioag, coincidentally, joined the Accelerators, the eventual UAAP champs as the Tamaraws.

"Our challenge here is to play our best. Kailangan manggaling lagi sa amin yung willingness manalo. Kayod lang palagi," Gonzales bared what he expects from his Accelerators as they gun for their third straight win and a share of the top spot with the Bakers and the Caida Tile Masters.

In the main game at 4 p.m., two more collegiate squads, AMA and BDO-NU, battle for their first win of the season-opening conference.

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