Knights eye share of lead vs Generals
MANILA, Philippines - Letran tries to rejoin San Beda at the helm as it clashes with Emilio Aguinaldo College while Perpetual Help hopes to stay right behind the leaders as it tackles ousted Mapua today in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Knights, who slid to No. 2 again after the San Beda Red Lions routed the St. Benilde Blazers, 65-46, last Thursday for an 11-2 mark, overpowered the Arellano U Chiefs, 70-59, last Monday to bounce back from a stinging 76-80 loss to the Lyceum Pirates and jack up their record to 10-2.
But against EAC, Letran will be facing a team in dire need of a victory. Tied with Jose Rizal U at fifth at 5-7, the Generals need to win as many games as they could to stay in the hunt for a playoff for the last Final Four berth.
Gametime is at 6 p.m.
“Every game will be important for us because we’re racing not just to the Final Four but also the top seeding and a twice-to-beat advantage,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.
Garcia said finishing No. 1 at the end of the double-round elims will be their main concern since that would keep them from facing off with either San Beda or Perpetual Help in the Final Four.
“It’s still a long tournament but our goal is to just try to win as many games as we can and hopefully finish at No. 1,” said Garcia.
That is also what the Altas, at third with a 10-3 slate, try to accomplish as they tangle with the Cardinals, out of the Final Four running with a woeful 1-11 mark, at 4 p.m.
“We’ll take it one game at a time,” said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario in Filipino.