Twice-to-beat at stake in San Beda-Letran rivalry game

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2015 02:29 AM
Twice-to-beat at stake in San Beda-Letran rivalry game
FUEL TO THE FIRE. San Beda and Letran will be contesting more than just pride when they rekindle their rivalry on Tuesday.

Games on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – Mapua (10-6) vs CSB (5-12)

2:00 PM – Arellano (11-6) vs EAC (2-14)

4:00 PM – Letran (12-4) vs San Beda (12-5)

While the Ateneo-DLSU rivalry game was already intense in itself, just we wait until playoff implications are added into the mix.

Such is the scenario on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena when San Beda College re-engages with Colegio de San Juan de Letran with nothing much but a twice-to-beat advantage for the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Final Four on the line.

The Red Lions and the Knights rekindle their rivalry starting 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.

With how they currently stand, Letran is ahead of their rivals by virtue of having one lesser loss. At 12-4, the Intramuros-based squad has two chances to secure win number 13 which clinches a top two finish.

Still, Mark Cruz and company are determined to seize the day and already claim the top spot.

Unlike their rivals, this is the Lions’ last chance to assure themselves of a twice-to-beat advantage. The Mendiola-based team squandered such opportunity the last time around as they were beaten down by double-digits.

Art Dela Cruz figured in his least productive outing of the season during that game and will go all out to get back to form all while lifting the Mendiola-based team away from complications.

Meanwhile, still alive and kicking Mapua Institute of Technology and Arellano University are both looking to avoid any letdown against separate foes who are already out of contention.

At 12:00 PM, the Cardinals seek to force their way into the three-way logjam for third to fifth against the College of St. Benilde Blazers. For Allwell Oraeme and the season hosts to complete their breakthrough, this is a definite must-win game.

In the day’s other game, Player of the Week Jiovani Jalalon and the rest of the Chiefs eye a move to solo third at the expense of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals. On a high after downing the defending champions in their most recent outing, Arellano will earn at least a playoff for a Final Fourth with a win.

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