Midtable squad Letran hopes to somehow close in on league leaders as Knights battle cellar-dwelling San Sebastian Stags
Coach Caloy Garcia hopes to improve the Knights' win-loss mark and close in on leaders who have winning records. Jerome Ascano

IN sixth place with just six games to go, Letran’s semifinal chances now lie on other team’s performances but the Knights are focusing on what they can control as they square off with San Sebastian on Monday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

A victory in the 4 p.m. encounter with San Sebastian will keep Letran alive, but still far from the team above them, as all have winning records.

The Intramuros-based dribblers have five wins to show against seven losses but need to play steady as the eliminations enter the final stretch.

“We’ll just try to win as many games as we can then probably hope that one of the teams start losing,” Knights coach Caloy Garcia said.

“Pero wala na sa kamay namin (ang aming fate).”

What Letran can control is its own games, and they try to pounce on the struggling Stags, another perennial semifinal contender that’s having an underachieving season.

The Knights, finalists the past two seasons, are in danger of missing the last four this year — their first since the top local big man Raymond Almazan left for the pros.

The Stags have had an even longer streak of Final Four appearances, having made the playoffs each year since 2009.

That run appears set to be broken as the Stags are stuck in the cellar with a 3-10 win-loss card and are on a nine-game skid.

In the most comfortable position, San Beda seeks to keep a firm grip of the leadership as it takes on EAC at 2 o’clock.

The Red Lions, atop the standings with a 10-2 record, face a Generals side (3-9) that has lost its last three games without injured Cameroonian slotman Cedric Happi.

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