New-age rivals Perpetual and San Beda go at it once again

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 28, 2015 09:08 AM
New-age rivals Perpetual and San Beda go at it once again
NEW-AGE RIVALRY. While Perpetual has established itself as a perennial contender for the modern times, their path to the title has always been blocked by San Beda.

Games on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena

2PM – CSB vs JRU

4PM – San Beda vs Perpetual

The University of Perpetual Help has made the Final Four in each of the previous three seasons only to be ousted by eventual champion San Beda College every single time.

What has become the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament’s new-age rivalry is rekindled on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena when the Red Lions meet the Alta's for the first time in Season 91.

The semifinals rematch tips-off at 4:00 PM.

Both squads are title contenders this season, but have also both been humbled by rampaging Letran. At 4-1, San Beda and Perpetual are in a three-way logjam with Arellano and solo second spot is at stake in today's rematch.

The Legarda-based squad will be led into battle by early-season MVP candidate Art Dela Cruz who has turned himself into a point forward in the absence of Baser Amer. In their most recent win, however,  it was Ola Adeogun who finally re-exhibited his dominance.

Standing in the senior African reinforcement’s way will be another Nigerian in stud rookie Bright Akhuetie who is hungry to bounce back from a so-so outing. Nonetheless, the Las Pinas-based squad will only go as far as reigning MVP Scottie Thompson takes them.

Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University seeks to extend their winning streak while College of St. Brindle seeks to just get back to winning at 2:00 PM.

The real Teytey Teodoro finally stood up and gave the 3-2 Heavy Bombers their first winning streak of the season the last time around.

On the other hand, Jonathan Grey has consistently put up at least 15 points only to see the Blazers lose in four out of their five games.

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