Jose Rizal University’s semifinal hopes hang by a thread, but coach Vergel Meneses is now looking beyond the current season, saying the world doesn’t end if Jose Rizal University doesn’t make the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Meneses promises that his teamwill continue to play all-out and finish the season strong as it battles San Sebastian on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Ma-out kami or what, maglalaro kami to improve as a team and as a player, and kung ano yung mga bad habits namin para pag dating ng preparation for next year, alam na nila.”
The Bombers, in sixth place with a 6-8 win-loss card, are still mathematically alive in the playoff race, but the Mandaluyong-based dribblers will be up against a fourth-running Golden Stags side that has the inside track of advancing to the next round with an 8-6 slate.
Tipoff is set at 6 p.m.
The Bombers try to ride the momentum of a 73-56 victory over of Mapua last Thursday in a one-sided decision that snapped a five-game skid.
“Sabi ko sa mga bata, Pag nanalo tayo isa, palagay ko sunod-sunod na naman yan,” said Meneses, whose wards, at one point in the first round, held a record above .500 at 5-3, with one of those wins a 67-63 decision against San Sebastian.
The Stags, on the other hand, are coming off a 68-72 defeat at the hands of defending champion San Beda last Monday in a game where they wasted a double-digit lead.
Meanwhile, the league-leading Red Lions seek to gain further separation from the pack as they take on bottom team Mapua at 4 o’clock.
The teams have contrasting streaks, with the Lions (13-2) still unbeaten in six games in the second round and the Cardinals (1-14) on a 13-game slide.