Misamis Oriental hosts the eighth leg of the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) today, taking on Ascof Lagundi in the opener even as Cebu and Taguig clash in the other game at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro.

The Misamis Meteors kick off their bid for a second leg crown against three-time leg runner-up Ascof Lagundi at 7:30 p.m. while the Niños collide with Hobe Bihon-Taguig City at 5 p.m.

A brief opening ceremony will highlight the affair with Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Noli Eala gracing the event jointly organized by the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas.

Expected to lead the Meteors’ bid are former UAAP scoring champion Patrick Cabahug, former pro Neil Raneses, ex-FEU Tamaraw Eder Sadua, ex-pro Mark Andaya and homegrown playmaket Ramil Tagupa.

After ruling the Mandaue leg three weeks ago, the Meteors lost to the Niños in Cebu.

The Meteors, however, will have to double their effort since Taguig and Ascof Lagundi are also raring to win the leg crown to boost their respective overall bids.

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