Judgment Day in NCAA as top six collide

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2015 08:36 AM
Judgment Day in NCAA as top six collide
D-DAY. All the remaining contenders will be in action on Judgment Day Friday.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – Mapua (10-5) vs San Beda (11-4)

2:00 PM – JRU (9-6) vs Perpetual (11-4)

4:00 PM – Letran (11-4) vs Arellano (10-5)

The derby for bragging rights among the bottom four teams in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament was just the calm before the storm.

The storm has come. Friday at the San Juan Arena will be remembered as the day that essentially settled the Final Four as the three teams tied for first battle the other three squads still in contention.

The NCAA’s judgment day will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com.

First up at 12:00 PM, winners of six in a row Mapua Institute of Technology put their contention to the test against five-peat defending champions San Beda College.

The Cardinals have not dropped a game in the second round after discovering a pretty effective rotation of Allwell Oraeme anchoring the middle, surrounded by a litany of gunslinging guards.

The Red Lions have long known their own recipe for success, but are coming off a shocker of a loss even with the fully healthy triumvirate of Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, and Ola Adeogun.

Capping off the day at 4:00 PM, Colegio de San Juan de Letran is looking for the mojo that has deserted them in the second round when they battle Arellano University.

After only losing once in the first round, the Knights have stumbled to a 3-3 record. It remains to be seen if opponents have really figured out Aldin Ayo’s “magulo basketball,” but the onus now falls upon Mark Cruz and company to adjust.

Not much has changed for the Chiefs from the first to the second rounds as they have lived and died with their offense. With many more speed bumps ahead, it will be up to “Bus Driver” Jio Jalalon to navigate the upstart contenders back toward the playoffs.

In the day’s other game at 2:00 PM, University of Perpetual Help seek to continue peaking at just the right time while Jose Rizal University aim to die another day.

The Altas have been the most consistent team in the second round with Scottie Thompson and Bright Akhuetie both playing their best basketball of the season. Still, the Las Pinas-based squad must avoid misjudgments like the parking lot incident they got involved in.

Looking to take advantage of any lapses will be the Heavy Bombers who will need more of Paolo Pontejos and Teytey Teodoro’s heavy lifting to stay alive. Another loss will effectively disprove coach Vergel Meneses’ claim that there is no reason for his team to not be in the Final Four.

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