THE ultimate test for Letran comes in the end of its first round campaign in the NCAA Season 93 when it takes on the unbeaten Lyceum on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center.
The Knights (5-3) are coming in as one of the hottest teams in the tournament and will be putting their four game win run on the line against the 7-0 Pirates who have looked as good as advertised so far.
Game time is at 2 p.m. with San Sebastian (3-4) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (3-4) squaring off at 12, and Jose Rizal University (3-3) taking on College of St. Benilde (2-5) wrapping up the triple header.
"David and Goliath yun eh. So, kami mago-all out na lang kami. Ibibigay namin yung best namin, especially ang mga bata," said head coach Jeff Napa.
But if Letran wants to continue its streak, it's gonna have to find ways to fill the hole that Jeo Ambohot will be leaving after the rising star injured his right wrist in their win over San Sebastian.
Despite that, Napa is confident that his boys will turn the loss of 6-foot-6 slotman as their rallying cry in the biggest game of their campaign so far.
"Humanda na lang talaga ang Lyceum. Andito na kami, kumbaga ang bumangga, giba," Napa added.
"Kahit sinong bumangga sa amin ngayon, gigibain namin ngayon. So ganoon ang mindset namin. Ganoon ang mindset ng mga batang ito."
But it's not only the Knights who will be coming in depleted as the Pirates will be without drillmaster Topex Robinson, who'll be serving a one-game ban after his ejection in their win over the Generals.
Same as Letran, they'll be coming in as confident as ever with CJ Perez looking to continue his MVP-like performance as he faces another guy in the MVP race in Rey Nambatac.
"Letran is peaking already so we cannot take them for granted. We'll continue to work hard and prepare for them," said Lyceum assistant Jeff Perlas who'll be taking over Robinson in the game.