San Beda tries to even things with Letran, this time with Ola Adeogun back in harness
Ola Adeogu viws to make up for first-round absence as the Lions and Knights clash anew. Dante Peralta

ABSENT the last time out, Ola Adeogun promises to make his presence felt when San Beda faces Letran anew in the NCAA on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Nigerian center, benched in the Lions’ 53-64 loss to the Knights in the first round for missing practice, tries to make up for his absence as they hope to get back at their archrivals in the lone seniors’ match at 2:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be my own way of saying sorry to my team,” said the 23-year-old Nigerian, who has been dominating the post as of late with four straight double-doubles

“I’m not looking at rivalry, but I’m excited and I want to make bawi from what happened in the first round.”

Without the 6-foot-8 Adeogun, the Knights took advantage, zoomed to an early lead that they never relinquished.

The Lions hope to turn the tables with a full-strength squad this time as they seek a 12th win in 14 games to solidify their lofty position atop the 10-team field and move closer to formally clinching another Final Four berth.

“Hopefully our adjustments will flourish,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad has won all its five games in the second round after suffering that setback against the Letran in its last game in the first round.

The Knights, sporting a 6-7 win-loss card, are bracing for a huge fightback by the Lions.

“We expect San Beda to try to crush us, pero maghahanap pa rin kami ng ways to beat them,” Knights coach Garcia said as his sixth-ranked team fights for life.

The Knights are well aware they remain the underdogs.

“San Beda is the biggest team in the league. Ola will prove that to us,” Garcia said. “Pero tingin ko naman malalaki yung mga puso namin.”

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