SANS a handful of key players, reigning champion EcoOil-La Salle faces a tall order against a vengeful Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Without Mike and Ben, La Salle still has a formidable squad to bank on led by Evan Nelle, Mark Nonoy and Kevin Quiambao. La Salle is coming off an easy 84-62 debut win over Centro Escolar U last Thursday.
The Green Archers (1-0) are to miss the services of brothers Mike and Ben Phillips, who are member of the Gilas Southeast Asian Games pool, when they duke it out in the main game against the (0-1) Red Lions at 4 p.m.
But the Green Archers vowed to be ready against the odds.
"We'll be shorthanded but we will come prepared," said deputy mentor Gian Nazaro, who is calling shot for La Salle while new head coach Topex Robinson is in the United States.
"We know that San Beda can play. Alam namin yung potential ng San Beda and we have a lot of respect to coach Yuri (Escueta) and his staff. We're really gonna prepare for them."
Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda, for its part, tries to bounce back after falling prey to PSP , 94-92, also Thursday. (JBU)