WITH a share of the top spot at stake, Arellano is not taking Emilio Aguinaldo College lightly when they tangle on Thursday in the ongoing NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Chiefs rides a six-game winning streak to sport a 9-2 record, just a win behind San Beda for first place in the team standings. And Arellano has the golden opportunity to gain a share of first place after the Red Lions lost to San Sebastian, 72-71, on Tuesday.
Arellano coach Jerry Codinera hopes the Chiefs should learn from what happened to San Beda and Perpetual Help recently when the top two teams in the league lost to lowly San Sebastian in the past few days.
“Nung natalo nila ‘yung Perpetual, sabi ko, ‘yung teams talaga lahat ready. Lahat ng teams ngayon, hindi ka puwedeng magkumpiyansa,” said Codinera, whose squad beat winless College of Saint Benilde, 78-69, last Friday.
The Arellano-EAC match is set at 4 p.m.
In the first game, Perpetual Help (8-3) looks to bounce back from its loss to San Sebastian when it takes on CSB at 2 p.m.
On the other hand, the Blazers seek to avoid the worst start in school history since joining the league in the late 1990s when they gun for their first win in 12 outings.
Standings: San Beda 10-2, Arellano 9-2, Perpetual Help 8-3, Mapua 7-4, Jose Rizal U 6-5, Lyceum 5-6, Letran 5-6, Emilio Aguinaldo 3-8, San Sebastian 3-9, Benilde 0-11.