Chiefs go for 10th W as Mapua, JRU try to fan playoff hopes

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 11, 2015 02:58 AM
Chiefs go for 10th W as Mapua, JRU try to fan playoff hopes
MAGIC NUMBER 10. Jiovani Jalalon and Arellano are getting nearer and nearer to a return to the Final Four.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – JRU (6-6) vs EAC (2-10)

2:00 PM – Mapua (7-5) vs LPU (3-10)

4:00 PM – Arellano (9-4) vs San Sebastian (3-9)

Nearing the end of the elimination round of the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, three squads are already out of the running, one team is barely hanging on, and the top six teams are all headed for a derby for the Final Four.

Arellano University, Mapua Institute of Technology, and Jose Rizal University seek to strengthen their bids for the next round when they take on separate opponents on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

At 4:00 PM, the Chiefs set out to reclaim solo third via what would be their 10th victory in 14 games at the expense of a San Sebastian College-Recoletos side which is one loss away from elimination. Arellano is on a three-game tear thanks to the continued ascent of Jiovani Jalalon coupled with the re-emergence of Dioncee Holts.

The Golden Stags currently stand seventh, but another loss would give them 10 in total and would put an end to their playoff hopes. Looking to keep Recto in the running will be veterans Jamil Ortuoste and Bradwyn Guinto and promising youngsters Ryan Costelo and Michael Calisaan.

Meanwhile, the season hosts Cardinals seek to continue breathing right behind the necks of the current top four as they take on a Lyceum of the Philippines University crew bent on breaking a three-game losing skid at 2:00 PM. Sporting a 7-5 record, Mapua is just outside the fourth spot and will again count on Josan Nimes and Allwell Oraeme to get them through.

In the day’s other game at 12:00 PM, the Heavy Bombers are out to retake a winning record and stay in contention against an Emilio Aguinaldo College outfit hoping to play spoiler. JRU is coming off back-to-back defeats and will look to Teytey Teodoro to show the way back onto the right path.


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