NCAA champion San Beda College and UAAP titlist Far Eastern University-Diliman dispute one of four semis berths tomorrow to highlight the quarterfinal round of the 1st Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.
In an unexpected twist, the Red Cubs and Baby Tamaraws have to face each other in the early stage of the playoffs – no thanks to FEU’s roller-coaster ride in Group A elims.
Banking on the stellar performances of Arvin Tolentino, JV Mocom, Alejandro Inigo and Joshua Caracut, the Red Cubs completed a four-game sweep of Group B while the Baby Tamaraws wound-up with a dismal 2-2 record in Group A despite another solid performance from back-to-back MVP winner Jerie Pingoy.
With so much at stake, expect an all-out war when they clash at 1:30 p.m. with Pingoy out to showcase his stuff.
Another huge attraction in the four-game bill is the showdown between Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association rivals Hope Christian High School and Xavier School.
The Hope Christians, who finished runner-up to Chiang Kai Shek College early this year, and the Golden Stallions clash at 12 noon with the former enjoying a slight edge in manpower.
The CKSC Dragons, on the other hand, take on the Letran Squires at 9 a.m. while NCAA runner-up San Sebastian College-Recoletos battles University of Santo Tomas at 10:30 a.m. in the event sponsored by Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Blackwater Sports, Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders and Hapee Toothpaste.