LA Salle fights for its life when it takes on University of the Philippines Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
It's gut-check time for the Green Archers as at 6-6, they could not afford to lose their remaining games, and focus will be on Justine Baltazar, Aljun Melecio and Jamie Malonzo in the 4 p.m. game.
Yet the task isn't that easy too, with the Fighting Maroons also having their own set of motivations for the clash.
A victory for the 8-4 UP would assure the Diliman crew its best finish in the Final Four era as it will lock up the No. 2 spot in the semis.
Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras and the resurgent Juan Gomez de Liano look to score a more comfortable win after a 72-71 thriller of a victory over the Green Archers back in September 25.
Far Eastern University is also looking to take a step closer to the semifinals when it tackles also-ran University of the East at 2 p.m.
It has been a wild ride for the Tamaraws this season, but ending the eliminations on a three-game win streak would rectify all of those early struggles.
L-Jay Gonzales is tasked to lead FEU in the clash as the Morayta dribblers end its eliminations assignment against the duo of Rey Suerte and Alex Diakhite.