Thompson, Altas out to reclaim solo lead

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 17, 2015 03:58 AM
Thompson, Altas out to reclaim solo lead
SET THE PACE. Another win will allow Scottie Thompson and Perpetual to be first to four wins.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – San Sebastian vs Perpetual

2:00 PM – EAC vs JRU

4:00 PM – Mapua vs Arellano

While Letran has proven their dedication after imposing their will on three consecutive opponents, University of Perpetual Help has already proven their character after coming out on top of close contests three times in a row in the 91st Season of the Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Altas seek to be first to win number four, no matter the method, when they face the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

The battle between Las Pinas and Recto begins another three-games-in-one-day offering at 12:00 PM.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson and rising star Bright Akhuetie needed every bit of their talent to put away Lyceum, CSB, and Mapua. Perpetual has been as good as advertised with those character-building victories only reinforcing their status as a title contenders.

Trying to drag the league leaders down a notch will be a San Sebastian side which barged into the win column via a morale-boosting overtime triumph over JRU the last time around. Veterans Jamil Ortuoste and Bradwyn Guinto have kept steadying the Stags, but new faces such as Ryan Costelo seem poised to break out.

Meanwhile, Jiovani Jalalon and Arellano University aim to make some more noise, this time against the Josan Nimes-led Mapua Institute of Technology aiming to bounce right back into the win column at 4:00 PM.

Unquestionably because of Jalalon, the Chiefs have moved on from their letdown of a season-opener to unleash an offensive onslaught in back-to-back outings.

On the other hand, Nimes has been stroking it since game one, but will need some more help from his teammates for the Cardinals to prove they are truly ready to take flight once more.

In the day’s other game at 2:00 PM, struggling Jose Rizal University will aim to right its course against still winless Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Heavy Bombers have been unable to find any firepower as they suffered back-to-back defeats which effectively erased an impressive season-opening victory.

The Generals remain as the only team suffering a slide of more than two losses as they are yet to find any consistent effort on both ends.

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