The 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup begins begins Monday with a pair of interesting matches at Ynares Sports Arena.
Top draft pick Owen Graham finally makes his debut for AMA Online Education and will have his hands full against a rejigged Marinerong Pilipino squad at 1 p.m..
The Fil-Am Graham's arrival spurred some excitement for the Titans' side, but the conference-opener should serve as a glimpse on how he will fare in the big league.
And the game is more than a worthy acid test for him, as he tries to counter the Skippers high-octane duo of Trevis Jackson and Robbie Manalang.
Coach Koy Banal, though, doesn't want Marinerong Pilipino to be blinded by the label as this conference's early favorites.
"Masyado pang maaga. We still have ways to go," he said.
In the second game, Paul Desiderio and the rest of Go for Gold aim for a good start when it takes on Batangas at 3 p.m.
The Scratchers of coach Charles Tiu have also made a case to be seen as a legitimate contender this conference, with Gab Banal, Vince Tolentino, and ex-pro Jai Reyes joining their side.
However, just as the case last conference, Batangas are out to shock the world anew as the load is expected to fall on the shoulders of diminutive guard Cedric de Joya.