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Cignal-Ateneo, Petron-Letran collide as D-League resumes play

Alvin Pasaol has become a great addition for Petron-Letran. PBA Media Group (file photo)
By Dugout Philippines

MANILA—Momentum is what Cignal-Ateneo and Petron-Letran both want when they collide on Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The two teams are tied at joint third place, together with Che'Lu Bar and Grill, in the Aspirants Group with their identical 3-1 cards and are seeking to bolster their chances for the playoffs when they meet at 2 p.m.

For Cignal-Ateneo, it's a matter of shaking off the cobwebs after being on the shelf for three weeks, with its last win being a 111-81 drubbing of AMA Online Education last March 14.

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Ange Kouame fired 22 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks in that bounce back win, where coach Tab Baldwin chided his Blue Eagles to maintain their focus regardless of who their opponent is.

"We have to come out and do your best every game," he said, expecting another big game from seniors Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, and Matt Nieto.

Petron-Letran, meanwhile, is on a roll with its three-game winning streak, with the latest coming at the expense of Family Mart-Enderun, 77-70 last March 26.

Alvin Pasaol was at it again for the Knights with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, but coach Bonnie Tan is bracing for another tough outing against the reigning UAAP champion.

"Lahat naman ng teams are very competitive dito sa PBA D-League, so we have no other option and we'll prepare well for Ateneo," he said.

Skidding teams Batangas-EAC (1-3) and Go for Gold-CSB (1-3) part ways when they collide at 12 p.m., as Diliman College-Gerry's Grill (3-1) and Metropac-San Beda (3-1) both aim to rise in the Foundation Group at 4 p.m.

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