COLLEGE of St. Benilde hopes the weather cooperates this time as it presses its Final Four bid in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament against Jose Rizal University on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Coming off a long, unintentional layoff due to heavy downpour and floods, the Blazers return to action at 4 p.m. as they seek to dispute solo third spot against the Heavy Bombers.
The Blazers, who sport an identical 9-5 win-loss card like the Bombers, were supposed to play in two games last week, against Mapua on August 15 and versus Letran last Friday, only for the league to postpone the playdates due to typhoons 'Luis' and 'Mario,' respectively.
That left the Taft-based dribblers, aiming for their first postseason appearance since 2002, waiting for more than two weeks after last taking the court on September 6 in an impressive 106-97 victory over second-running Arellano.
“We are getting impatient,” Blazers coach Gabby Velasco told Spin.ph on Tuesday. “My players are bored and are raring to play.”
“I hope we still retained our sharpness and intensity, and aren’t too affected by the long break,” the veteran mentor added as he continues to draw strength from the troika of Mark Romero, Paolo Taha, and Jonathan Grey.
The Vergel Meneses-coached Bombers, led by Philip Paniamogan and Michael Mabulac, have also been on a break for almost two weeks as they were likewise slated to play last Friday against San Sebastian.
Letran, running sixth with a 6-8 record, tries to keep its faint Final Four hopes alive as it takes on Arellano (11-4) earlier at 2 o’clock.