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    Fernandez the perfectionist hopes Lions lessen turnovers as they gun for solo lead

    Sep 18, 2013

    THE view from the top hardly seems to satisfy Boyet Fernandez.

    Despite San Beda’s perch atop the standings of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Red Lions coach can still see some parts of his team’s game that it can work on.

    One particular aspect is turnovers, which Fernandez hopes the Red Lions lessen starting with their matchup against College of St. Benilde on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

    The three-time defending champions, who have only lost twice in 12 games, are actually second in the league in committing the least turnovers with 17.5 a game.

    But Fernandez remains alarmed on the number of miscues as the Lions aim for the solo lead over co-leader and archrival Letran when they face the Blazers at 6 p.m.

    “We have to take better care of the ball,” said Fernandez, whose team committed 16 turnovers in its 71-64 victory last Saturday against Emilio Aguinaldo College.

    The Generals are currently No. 1 in the league in taking care of the ball with just 17.4 turnovers per contest.

    Fernandez is once again counting on star playmaker Baser Amer to take care of the ball and run the offense for the Lions, who are also expected to draw solid contributions from Art dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun.

    The Blazers, on the other hand, will rely anew on the triple-threat of Mark Romero, Paolo Taha, and Jonathan Grey as they seek a sixth victory in 13 games to stay in the hunt for a Final Four spot.

    Benilde, which lost to University of Perpetual Help, 64-68, last time, is currently in a three-way tie with Jose Rizal University and EAC in fifth spot.

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    The squad that occupies fourth spot, San Sebastian, meanwhile tries to strengthen its hold of their precarious position as it battles Lyceum earlier at 4 p.m.

    The Golden Stags, with a 7-5 win-loss card, will be up against an unpredictable Pirates side that has already slayed two giants in Letran and San Beda, but has seemed to have a hard time against teams in the middle of the pack.

    Lyceum seeks a fifth win in 13 games to remain alive in the playoff race.

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