THE second season of the National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) enters its homestretch as the four teams gear up for the coming semifinals next week.
Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) and Trinity University of Asia (TUA) currently ranks first and second in the standings, respectively, heading to the final two playing dates of the eliminations.
The crossover Final Four is slated on October 7.
The TIP Engineers are unbeaten in five games and a win over second-running TUA (3-1) White Stallions on Wednesday could clinch for them the top spot in the semis.
“Kung manalo No. 1 kami, but if we lose, baka mag-tie kami at 5-1 with Trinity. In such case, quotient system will be applied to deteremine the No. 1 slot,” said Jojo Villa, representing TIP in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Villa was joined in the session presented by Shakey’s and Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation by Mon Casuga, events director of Athletes in Action.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (1-3) and Don Bosco of Mandaluyong (0-5) are the other teams competing in the NCBL dubbed `the alternative league.’
Villa said having a lot senior players and an intact lineup give the Engineers a good shot at winning the title, although he’s also wary about the White Stallions, whom they beat in their elimination round showdown, 83-69.
The Engineers are led by top gun Jemuel Namocatcat.
The Finals will be played on October 10.
Meanwhile, Casuga said the scheduled NCBL vs. Athletes in Action All-Stars game has been moved to November.