St. Benilde Blazers hope to ride momentum of San Beda stunner as they take on Lyceum Pirates
Mark Romero will be one of the players to watch for the Blazers in their match against the Pirates. Dante Peralta

COLLEGE of St. Benilde tries to ride on the momentum of its massive victory as it tangles with Lyceum on Saturday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Unenviably known as the league’s “Heartbreak Kids” since last season, the Blazers pulled off the biggest upset so far in Season 90 with an 83-76 victory over mighty San Beda last Monday.

And the Blazers try to make the next step in their road to respectability in the country’s oldest collegiate league, starting against the Pirates.

“We don’t want to be content in beating San Beda,” Blazers coach Gabby Velasco said. “We really want to become a contender in the league.”

Tipoff for the lone seniors’ match is at 2:30 p.m. with the Blazers seeking to stretch their winning streak to four games and improve their win-loss record to 4-3.

The Blazers are definitely oozing with confidence from that stunner against the defending champion Red Lions, but they will take on a dangerous foe in the fourth-running Pirates, who are fresh from a 62-78 defeat at the hands of University of Perpetual Help.

The Pirates are looking for their fifth victory in eight games.

Mark Romero, Paolo Taha, and Jonathan Grey continue to spearhead the Blazers and they will be up against the Pirates’ own standouts led by rookie big man Joseph Gabayni and star guard Dexter Zamora.

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