FAR Eastern University and De La Salle battle for the No. 4 spot in a do-or-die match on Wednesday in the UAAP seniors basketball competitions at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws and the Green Archers look to complete the Final Four cast and the right to face top-seed Ateneo.
La Salle, FEU and National University wound up tied after finishing the regular season with a 9-5 win-loss records but the Bulldogs clinched the No. 3 spot by virtue of a superior quotient, leaving the Archers and Tamaraws to face off in a no-tomorrow match beginning at 4 p.m.
FEU and De La Salle finished the eliminations in contrasting styles.
The Tamaraws were edged out by NU in overtime, 84-81, last Sunday in a game that dropped them into a playoff with the Archers, who are on a two-game winning run after a 72-59 win over Adamson last Thursday.
La Salle is looking to enter the Final Four again after missing last year’s semifinal round and head coach Gee Abanilla said now is not the time to be overconfident.
“We can’t relax at this point,” said Abanilla. “Ang tagal na naming inaambisyon na mapunta sa ganitong sitwasyon. It’s a mental thing already.”
FEU occupied second spot in the early part of the eliminations but now look demoralized after a two-game losing skid put them in this tight bind.
Tamaraws coach Bert Flores said the team must stay upbeat despite the recent setbacks.
“Positive mindset, positive action, positive result,” said Flores.
The Tamaraws will finally play with a complete lineup for the first time in two games with the return of Arvie Bringas, who served a suspension for spitting at an Ateneo player in an earlier game.
Flores said that Bringas will be a great help to the team with his low-post presence on defense, something that was missing during their loss to De La Salle, 63-56, last September 16.