Misamis Oriental hopes to boost its playoffs bid when it hosts the 8th leg of the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) Monday at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
The Misamis Meteors gun for a second leg crown when they take on three-time leg runner-up Ascof Lagundi at 7:30 p.m. while the Cebu Niños collide with Hobe Bihon-Taguig City at 5 p.m.
Expected to lead the assault of the Jun Noel-mentored Meteors are former UAAP scoring champion Patrick Cabahug, Roel Hugnatan and former pro Neil Raneses.
After ruling the Mandaue leg three weeks ago, the Meteors bowed again to the mighty Niños in the leg hosted by the latter.
“With the support of the crowd, we hope we can get back at them (Niños)," said the durable mentor Noel. “We need to win this leg to boost our playoffs bid."
The Meteors, however, will have to double their effort since Taguig and Ascof Lagundi are also aching to win the leg crowd to enhance their own bids.
But they have to be wary of the Niños, whose 30-game winning streak was by the less fancied MP Gensan squad of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
They also lost to Cobra Energy Drink in the finals where they shot awfully from the field, making only 22-of-66 tries. -