Lions hunt for twice-to-beat advantage

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2015 02:29 AM
Lions hunt for twice-to-beat advantage
REMATCH. San Beda and Arellano meet in a rematch of last year's Finals that carries much implications for the upcoming playoffs.

Games on Thursday at the San Juan Arena

2:00 PM – LPU vs CSB

4:00 PM – San Beda vs Arellano

The magic number for twice-to-beat in the Final Four of the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament is 13 and San Beda College needs just one more win to clinch it.

The only problem for the Red Lions is that it is the Arellano University Chiefs desperate to get back to winning standing in their way on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.

Another go-round of last season’s Finals starts at 4:00 PM and all of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com.

The defending champions have a great chance of continuing their streak of 10 straight Final Four appearances as they currently stand with a 12-4 card. However, San Beda also wants the advantage it has enjoyed in the past 10 seasons especially with how heated the current competition has become.

While, win or lose, they will have another chance to get magic number 13, that chance comes against archrivals and co-league leaders Colegio de San Juan de Letran so Art Dela Cruz and company can only go all out to avoid any complications.

Last year’s runners-up have as much incentive of their own as back-to-back defeats have pulled them away from the top four. Another loss will put Jiovani Jalalon’s starmaking season in serious jeopardy of coming to an early end.

The good news for the Arellano is they are one of only four teams who have felled the Mendiola-based squad in the season. A repeat of their first round matchup is definitely not farfetched especially if the Chiefs find their mark from the outside once more.

Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University and College of St. Benilde square off in a non-bearing game at 2:00 PM. While their matchup has no playoff implications, the Pirates and Blazers will still be playing for pride as their seasons wind down.

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