UNBEATEN National University enters a tough stretch in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup eliminations with three games set in six days starting with a tantalizing matchup against Far Eastern University on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The defending champion Bulldogs have won their first three matches, the most recent a 71-60 win over Jose Rizal University last week, to share the top spot in Group A with Arellano.
“(This week) will be our toughest assignment,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I hope that we can sustain it and gain from it.”
NU will take on an FEU side that is coming off an 88-81 decision over University of Perpetual Help. It was the Tamaraws’ first win after bowing to Adamson by just a point in their first game in the preseason tournament.
Gametime is at 4:15 p.m.
It will be an interesting showdown between UAAP rivals, although FEU coach Nash Racela downplayed the matchup, saying they are not focusing on their opponent but rather on improving their team for the UAAP.
“We don’t normally prepare like how we will prepare in the UAAP. We aren’t focused on the opponent. We are focused on improving our team… We just want them to improve on the mental side,” said Racela.
After taking on the FEU, the Bulldogs battle Perpetual Help on Friday and Adamson on Monday.
In the first game, Southwestern University goes up against Emilio Aguinaldo College at 12:45 p.m. The Cobras (1-5) and the Generals are near the bottom of the Group A standings.
Meanwhile, University of the East and San Sebastian try to bounce back from setbacks when they face against each other at 2:30 p.m.
The Red Warriors (1-1) bowed to Ateneo, 72-77, in their previous game for an even win-loss slate. The Stags (1-2) also lost in their previous outing against De La Salle, 74-90.