Letran tries to get one step closer to first round sweep

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 07, 2015 01:13 AM
Letran tries to get one step closer to first round sweep
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU. Letran will have to hurdle the absence of its head coach to raise its record to a perfect 8-0.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – San Sebastian vs Lyceum

2:00 PM – EAC vs Letran

4:00 PM – Mapua vs CSB

Without its head coach, Colegio de San Juan de Letran will have to fend off a dangerous opponent to keep its unblemished record intact in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

On Friday at the San Juan Arena, the Knights are eyeing an eighth consecutive victory to start the season when they face the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals who finally barged into the win column in their most recent outing.

Tip-off is set at 2:00 PM.

While it was the self-proclaimed best backcourt in the league of Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac who got the Knights off to a great start, it has been do-it-all forward Kevin Racal who has turned it on in the past two contests. The Intramuros-based squad will need more from its big three especially after the league barred for one game head coach Aldin Ayo.

Looking to take advantage will be a Generals side still riled up after showing up their last opponents who underestimated them. EAC’s hopes for back-to-back wins will hinge upon the double-double duo of Sidney Onwubere and Hamadou Laminou.

The day’s other game will feature “The Topex Robinson Derby” with San Sebastian College-Recoletos battling Lyceum of the Philippines University at 12:00 PM.

Robinson is the current coach of the Pirates who have been a very competitive team despite their 1-6 record and also the former coach – and alumnus – of the Golden Stags who have stumbled to a similar standing. With both squads looking to get out of the cellar, Robinson’s old wards led by Jamil Ortuoste and Bradwyn Guinto will be pitted against Robinson’s new boys bannered by Joseph Gabayni and Shaq Alanes.

Meanwhile, the Mapua Institute of Technology will be also missing its head coach when they take on College of St. Benilde at 4:00 PM.

Head coach Atoy Co has been suspended for one game by the league and it will be up to Josan Nimes and Allwell Oraeme to stretch the Cardinals’ winning streak to three. Aiming to snap that streak will be the Jonathan Grey-led Blazers who claimed their second win of the season the last time around.

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