League-leading Knights and Lions look to stay on top
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2015 01:08 AM
KING OF THE HILL. With the elimination round winding down, Letran and San Beda are hoping to strengthen their holds on the top two spots.
Games on Thursday at the San Juan Arena
2:00 PM – CSB (3-9) vs Letran (10-2)
4:00 PM – Perpetual (8-4) vs San Beda (10-2)
Almost three-fourths into the elimination round of the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it’s getting clearer and clearer that the top two spots are being contested by the league’s pre-eminent rivals.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College seek to remain knotted atop the leaderboard when they take on separate foes on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
The Red Lions rekindle their new-age rivalry against University of Perpetual Help at 4:00 PM. The Altas, who have been booted out of contention by San Beda in the last three years, have yet to solve the five-time defending champions.
The trio of Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, and Ola Adeogun will be out to add another victory to the Lions’ 10-2 record while the duo of Scottie Thompson and Bright Akhuetie will be out to get Perpetual back on track after a disheartening overtime loss in their most recent outing.
Meanwhile, the Knights look to have an easier path to their 11th win in 13 games in facing lowly College of St. Benilde at 2:00 PM. However, Letran’s two losses have come at the hands of two bottom four squads and the Blazers currently stand seventh out of 10 teams.
While Knights’ mentor Aldin Ayo has given more and more exposure to players outside the Mark Cruz-Rey Nambatac-Kevin Racal core, CSB coach Gabby Velasco will yet again rely on lone star Jonathan Grey.
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