(The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m. – AMA vs CaféFrance
4 p.m. – Tanduay vs Phoenix-FEU
Raul Soyud and Raymund Aguilar produced double-double efforts yesterday as University of the Philippines-QRS/Jam Liner downed Wangs Basketball, 80-69, to remain in contention for a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Soyud posted 21 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks while Aguilar contributed 16 points and 18 rebounds to help the Maroons notch their fourth win in seven games.
UP must beat AMA Online Education on Thursday and should hope that Tanduay loses its remaining two matches to make it to the top four.
Tanduay was playing BDO-National University at presstime with its eyes set on winning its fifth straight game after a 0-2 start.
The top four teams after the eliminations will have a twice-to-beat bonus against the bottom four in the playoffs.
Gelo Alolino finished with 13 points even as Kevin Ferrer and Juneric Baloria chipped in 10 markers apiece to help UP-QRS/Jam bounce back from Tuesday’s 118-86 defeat to Caida.
In that game, UP suddenly went cold in the fourth frame, allowing Caida to turn a one-point lead into a blowout win.
James Mangahas and Gwynne Capacio finished with 17 and 14 points, respectively, for Wangs, which dropped to a league-worst 1-6 slate.
Ferrer, Alolino and Aguilar conspired in a telling 7-0 run as UP turned a 46-45 lead halfway in the third period to take control of the contest.
The Maroons led by 13 points twice in the later stages of the third, the last at 62-49 on an Aguilar basket.