Centro Escolar University and Batangas both aim to move up the standings in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Fresh from their 94-78 domination of Che'Lu, the Scorpions are gunning for win number two to grab a share of early leadership in the standings in the 3p.m. game.
And with coach Derrick Pumaren steering the ship, the future looks bright for CEU.
"It's a new era," he said, admitting that his side is persevering despite being in a "rebuilding process."
"We're a smaller team, but hopefully, we will be able to adjust. As I told them, our size is not a weakness, but rather, we'll need to use it as strength."
Orlan Wamar has been impressive so far for the Scorpions as he has emerged as the team's lead playmaker, helping the squad in the immersion of new import Gilles Oloume of Cameroon.
Batangas, though, would like to have a say on that, as coach Oliver Bunyi aims for his first win at the helm.
The Generals would like to erase the memories of their 88-75 defeat to Go for Gold last week as Cedric de Joya and Earvin Mendoza are both tasked to carry the squad to what could be the first upset of the second conference.