THERE is no better time for College of St. Benilde to prove that it’s a legitimate contender for the NCAA Season 94 than now as it looks to pull the rug from under well-rested San Beda on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
After a shock loss in the opener to San Sebastian, the Blazers defeated the Mapua Cardinals on Friday and look to carry that momentum into their big clash with the defending champions.
Momentum will certainly be on the side of the Blazers having played twice already while the Red Lions have not played in more than two weeks since their a scary win over the Perpetual Altas in the opening of the tournament.
Those things in mind, coach TY Tang hopes to hang in the game long enough to give themselves a chance in the end game.
“We’ll try to prepare for that game. Of course, they’re the number one team for the last, I think a decade now or so. All we wanna do is just be able to stay in the game, compete with them, and hopefully, we get the brakes from beginning to end,” said Tang.
Early dominance will be on the minds of the Lyceum Pirates as they shoot for their fourth win in as many games against the Arellano Chiefs in the curtain raiser.
Dating to last year’s elimination round, the Pirates have won 21 straight elimination round games.
“We just want to play the game the right way, no matter who we’re playing, we’re striving to be better,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson.
The Pirates have been as good as advertised so far for coach Topex Robinson, getting contributions from nearly everyone in their three-game run.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, are coming off a pulsating win over Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and will once again lean on their new backcourt of Levi dela Cruz and Ian Alban.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian looks to get back to its winning ways when it takes on the winless Jose Rizal University at 2 p.m.