Unbeaten San Beda faces tricky test from Mapua in battle of NCAA leaders
Davon Potts and the Red Lions look to keep their roaring start going against Mapua. Jaime Campos

TRUSTING each other has been the backbone of San Beda’s unblemished campaign so far in NCAA Season 92.

The Red Lions have won their first six games heading into the final stretch of the first round. But San Beda faces a big test on Thursday when it takes on another Final Four contender in Mapua at 4 p.m.

San Beda's offense has been top notch so far, leading the league in points, field goal percentage, and perimeter points. But coach Jamike Jarin takes pride in the fact that the Red Lions are also taking care of the intangibles.

“I told them,” said Jarin, referring to his team, “If I told you to go on top of the building and I tell you to jump, would you jump?”

“I told them, we’ve been together for a year or two years, the reason why everyone would jump is because I will be the first one to jump. And the reason why they are going to jump is because when they jump, I’ll be waiting downstairs to catch them. That’s who we are. We trust everyone,” said Jarin.

Jarin's words especially made an impact on Friday, when the Red Lions stormed back from 22 points down to beat Arellano, 101-86, and stay unbeaten this season.

“At the end of the day, we win as a team. That’s all that matters,” said San Beda leading scorer Davon Potts.

The Red Lions will need to sustain their play against the second-place Cardinals, who also won on Friday over San Sebastian, 88-75, to end up with a 5-1 win-loss card.

The Cardinals also hope to close out the first round despite a tough stretch where they play San Beda, Perpetual Help, and Letran, all potential Final Four teams.

“Etong tatlo, mahirap na kalaban. At least, naka-isa kami. Sana in the next games, maka-isa, dalawa kami. Maka-tsamba kami para at least going into the second round, maganda ang standing namin,” said Mapua coach Atoy Co.

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Jose Rizal University takes on Letran at 2 p.m.

The Heavy Bombers are at the bottom half of the standings with a 2-3 card. Yet despite a 60-59 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College last week, JRU coach Vergel Meneses hopes the team will play better.

On the other hand, the Knights, tied for third at 4-2 with Arellano and Perpetual Help, are out to get back on the winning track after losing to the Altas, 61-55, in their last game.

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