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PBA DL: CEU faces Batangas

Cignal expects a tough challenge from veteran-laden Gamboa Coffee when they face off today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Hawkeyes are hoping to make significant progress in their 12 noon showdown with the Coffee Lovers after an up-and-down showing in their first five games in the conference.

Despite coming off a successful title run in the Aspirants’ Cup, Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez has yet to see his team reach peak form, even after cruising past AMA Online Education, 86-76, Tuesday.

That win came five days after being handed a shock 66-65 loss by rookie team Marinerong Pilipino, a result that has served as a wake-up call for the Hawkeyes.

Meanwhile, Batangas shoots for its third win against Centro Escolar University in the other game at 2 p.m.

Batangas has emerged as one of the hottest teams in the early goings of the tournament with two victories, leading a dramatic 81-79 win over Wangs Basketball courtesy of a buzzer-beating layup by Cedric de Joya.