CONTENDERS face off in high-stakes battles on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
San Beda aims to extend its run to 13 when it battles San Sebastian (7-4) at 12 p.m. in a potential Final Four preview.
Letran (8-4) and skidding St. Benilde (6-5) face off at 2 p.m. in a crucial battle for positioning.
The four squads currently occupy the top half of the standings, making today's matchups vital in their own quests of making it to the semifinals.
For the Red Lions, it's a matter of staying unscathed and they'd like to replicate their 73-59 win over the Golden Stags last July 26.
But coach Boyet Fernandez knows that his young San Beda side, bannered by Calvin Oftana, Evan Nelle, and James Canlas, will always have their hands full against the tenacious San Sebastian tandem of Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, especially with coach Egay Macaraya intent on dealing that first blemish.
On the other hand, the Knights are looking to pile on the Blazers' woes and pull off another dominant win, after taking the 88-64 first round meeting last September 6.
Jerrick Balanza will be counted on to spearhead Letran in this clash, while Justin Gutang hopes that St. Benilde finally snaps its four-game losing streak with a big victory over a fellow contender.
Mapua (5-6) and Arellano (3-9) clash at 4 p.m.
The Cardinals took the first-round meeting between the two sides, 73-64, but the Chiefs are riding high with Kent Salado in the driver's seat, as seen in their recent 91-86 win a over Perpetual last Thursday.