FIVE months of basketball and it culminates with sudden-death between two old rivals.
San Beda and Letran dispute the NCAA Season 95 championship when they go to battle in Game Three on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Tip-off is at 4 p.m. as the two proud schools finalize the newest chapter in their storied rivalry.
The Red Lions are gunning for a rare four-peat, looking to add to their record 22 NCAA basketball titles.
MVP Calvin Oftana and Mythical Team members Evan Nelle and James Canlas came out to play in Game Two, 79-76, to force this sudden death after seeing their hopes for a perfect season flushed down the drain.
Coach Boyet Fernandez has been in this position before and told his wards that there's no more tomorrow.
"We have to be at our best. This is the goal that we at the beginning of the season and we have a chance to do it in this game," he said.
Meanwhile, the Knights are hell bent on hoisting the trophy for the first time since 2015.
Jerrick Balanza, Larry Muyang, and Fran Yu are defiant after blowing their golden chance four days ago, but is intent to replicate the success of their 65-64 Game One win to finally reclaim the throne.
Letran coach Bonnie Tan is also urging his wards to bring out their best to have a fitting end to this campaign.
"Naniniwala tayo sa mga kakayahan ng mga players natin. Again, ito na yung pinaka-talented na team na nahawakan ko at alam kong alam na nila kung ano yung kailangan naming gawin," he said.
Title no. 18 is what the Knights are eyeing, as well as having bragging rights anew against their archrivals.