San Beda looks to get back on track as Red Lions battle St. Benilde Blazers
Coach Boyet Fernandez and the Red Lions find themselves in the middle of the pack early in the season. Jerome Ascano

COACH Boyet Fernandez is hoping the San Beda Red Lions now understand why has been constantly reminding them of the higher level of competition in the NCAA after suffering their first loss of the tournament in just the second game in Season 93.

The Red Lions look to bounce back from a shock defeat to the Lyceum Pirates when they take on College of St. Benilde on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Game time is at 2 p.m. immediately following the battle between Emilio Aguinaldo College and Letran at 12 p.m. and before Arellano and Jose Rizal University face off at 4 p.m.

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“I’ve been saying that ever since, we have stronger competition. We just won the Filoil, that’s why everybody thinks we’re strong,” said Fernandez.

“We know that they’re looking at us as the barometer but there are so many that are stronger right now,” he added.

They’ll still be heading into the game against the Blazers the heavy favorites, despite the Blazers toting the same record at 1-1.

St. Benilde won its first game by technicality after Perpetual Help wore the wrong uniform, before being ripped by Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Generals on the other hand will look to capitalize on that first game rout as it looks to make it two in a row for the season this time against the Knights who are fresh off a loss to Mapua also last week.

Expected to be out longer due to a preseason injury, Hamadou Laminou showed up in their opener and posted 21 points and 13 boards to lead the Generals.

The Cameroonian slotman admitted that he’s far from 100 percent but vows to be in his best shape everytime they play.

“I didn’t practice for almost two months. I’m trying my best to be in condition, right now I’m not really 100 percent but I’m trying my best,” he said, saying he just returned to practice Monday last week.

“We can make it good this year. We trust in the coach and then we can make it to the final four,” he added.

The Heavy Bombers and the Chiefs, middle of the standings with 1-1 records, try to close in on the early leaders.

The Vergel Meneses-mentored Bombers ripped Perpetual Help on Friday, while the Chiefs look to bounce back from home loss to San Sebastian.

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