With a virtually intact lineup, it looks like the NLEX Road Warriors are favorites to bag their third consecutive D-League title when the 2011-12 Foundation Cup opens on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Nine other teams, led by Cebuana Lhuillier, will be out to spoil the Road Warriors' title aspirations, but looking at all the rosters, it appears they all have their work cut out for them. NLEX lost only big man Ford Arao and replaced him with Ateneo swingman Kirk Long, who was granted a special exemption by the D-League top brass to be able to play.
That means the Road Warriors, who easily won the first two league titles, will still have a loaded lineup that features collegiate stars Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva, Dave Marcelo, Eman Monfort, Garvo Lanete, and Borgie Hermida, plus the athletic Fil-Am duo of Cliff Hodge and Chris Ellis. FEU stalwart RR Garcia is still a question mark as of now, and if he returns, NLEX will be even more formidable.
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