Win no. 3 will be at stake when Cignal-Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas clash on Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The UAAP rivals have been nothing short of impressive in the early goings of the tourney, making this Aspirants Group duel at 2 p.m. the must-see attraction in this loaded triple-header game day.
Thirdy Ravena is set to make his PBA D-League debut for the Blue Eagles after playing with Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.
The high-flying winger will reunite with Matt Nieto, Isaac Go, and Ivorian center Ange Kouame, who have held the fort for Cignal-Ateneo in its first two games, most recently in its 82-68 win over Family Mart-Enderun last Feb. 25.
But coach Tab Baldwin, maintains he is using this campaign as a chance for his wards to prove themselves worthy of their spots in the team.
"This is more just pure competition than a real team performance for our guys. We get to observe how our players compete. We can work on a lot of individual talents against these teams," said the American-Kiwi mentor.