Mapua on the hunt for fourth and final playoff berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 15, 2016 07:40 AM
Mapua on the hunt for fourth and final playoff berth
PLAYOFF PUSH. Mapua wants nothing more than to complete the cast for the Final Four.

Games on Thursday at the San Juan Arena

2:00 PM – San Sebastian vs EAC

4:00 PM – Mapua vs CSB

Three teams are already assured of advancing into the Final Four in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And with one more win against 0-15 College of St. Benilde on Thursday at the San Juan Arena, Mapua Institute of Technology will take for themselves the fourth and final playoff berth.

The Cardinals are eyeing to complete the cast for the Final Four at 4:00 PM and all of the action will be broadast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa.

While most are assuming an easy out for Mapua, the Blazers have added motivation aside from playing the spoiler. Winless through 15 games, they are one loss away from having the worst-ever record in the league’s almost-century history.

Still, the odds-on favorites are the Cardinals who will once again ride reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme. Not only will a 11th win in the season secure them a spot in the playoffs, it will also eliminate, once and for all, fifth-running Jose Rizal University.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Emilio Aguinaldo College, both at 5-11, figure in a battle for bragging rights at 2:00 PM.

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