The newcomers Bicol Volcanoes face acid test against the new-look Basilan Steel on the opening night of the MPBL Lakan Cup. The Volcanoes aim to prove that they belong in the league being one of the six expansion teams entering this season. Ex-pros Ronjay Buenafe and Alex Nuyles, and former collegiate standout Jonathan Aldave are set to lead the squad with Monel Kallos serving at the helm. The Steel, meanwhile, look forward to a fresh start after a subpar Datu Cup campaign that saw them finish at the bottom of the team standings with a 7-18 win-loss record. The retooled ball club is set to banner ex-pros Jonathan Uyloan and Mark Bringas to spearhead a handful of newly-acquired MPBL standouts that include Hesed Gabo, Jay Collado, and Gab Dagangon.