LETRAN and San Sebastian collide on Tuesday as they take the first step in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball stepladder semis at Cuneta Astrodome.
The Knights and the Golden Stags acknowledge the high stakes situation they're in.
The winner will progress to Friday where second-seed Lyceum awaits.
Coach Bonnie Tan believes Letran has taken full advantage of the 22-day break his side has had as a refocused Jerrick Balanza and Larry Muyang banner the Muralla-based crew.
"Nakarecover yung mga may injury sa amin. Alam nila kung ano yung kailangan naming gawin dito sa laro na ito, lalo na knockout," he said.
Egay Macaraya, on the other hand, has his full belief that San Sebastian, led by Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, are ready to make their marks as they fight for their life in the 4 p.m. game.
"We trust yung players na ready sila kahit anong mangyari sa game. We just have to give it our best," he said.
The Golden Stags took a 102-101 overtime win in the first round last August 20, while the Knights responded with a 99-82 drubbing last Sept. 20.