La Salle’s fans left wanting more basketball action after the Archers’ UAAP season ended last Saturday with a Final Four loss to archrival Ateneo may want to turn their attention to the NCAA to support their sister school.
At least, that's what College of St. Benilde coach Richard del Rosario hopes for.
The Blazers may be eliminated from playoff contention, but that didn’t stop del Rosario from inviting the green-and-white faithful to watch the school’s game against Arellano on Monday.
“Kung bitin kayo sa pag cheer sa LaSalle, ang Benilde may game pa sa Monday! #hindipakamitapos #LaSalledinnamankami #kahitkontingpagtingin:),” del Rosario, a former Archer, good-naturedly tweeted on his account @charddelrosario on Saturday night following the Green Archers’ 63-66 Final Four loss to rival Ateneo.
Game time is at 6 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan with the Blazers and Chiefs just trying to gain a measure of respect for their rather disappointing seasons.
Mapua and Lyceum have the same objective as they face off in another no-bearing game two hours earlier.
Showing improvement in the preseason behind the Triangle offense, Benilde was tagged as a dark horse entering the season.
With prolific guard Carlo Lastimosa leading the way, the Blazers briefly showed their potential as they started the season with a 2-1 win-loss record, cruising past Letran, 77-60, and barely losing to San Sebastian, 93-95, in two of those games.
But they have floundered since then, losing 11 of their last 13 games to move to second to the last in the standings just ahead of the Pirates, who have a 3-13 slate.
The 6-10 Chiefs also failed to make it to postseason in their third season in the league, but that was expected as they have a rookie-laded squad under new coach Koy Banal.