LYCEUM is the only team that stands in the way of San Beda in completing an 18-game elimination-round sweep and advancing outright to the finals of the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament.
The Pirates will try to stop the Red Lions' run when they meet on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
It was an anti-climactic rematch between last season’s finalists on Aug. 20, with San Beda easily dispatching Lyceum, 88-73.
Evan Nelle, James Canlas, Calvin Oftana and Donald Tankoua would like a repeat of that conquest to progress to the championship round.
The Pirates, meanwhile, look to gain momentum and be the first team to defeat the defending champions heading into the Final Four.
It's the tall task guys like Mike Nzeusseu and twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino have to deal with when they clash at 4 p.m.
Letran (11-6) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (4-13) also end their respective elimination campaigns when they face off at 2 p.m.
Jerrick Balanza leads the Knights, which are already locked in the third-seed, as they seek to end the eliminations on a three-game win streak.
JP Maguliano and the Generals, meanwhile, would love to bag one more win to top their win total from last year in this battle.