THE NCAA is making the final steps to set up the highly-anticipated men’s basketball tournament meeting between San Beda and Letran at The Mall of Asia Arena.
The first-round matchup between the archrivals was originally slated on August 22, but was moved to accommodate the doubleheader featuring Arellano against Jose Rizal University, and Mapua opposite Emilio Aguinaldo, which were supposed to be played out of town on Monday (August 5).
The date for the San Beda-Letran match remains uncertain, but all signs seem to point to the MOA Arena as the venue of the much-awaited encounter.
“We are still finalizing the date, (but) most probably it will be in MOA,” Season 89 Mancom chairman Dax Castellano told Spin.ph on Saturday.
It will be the first meeting between the archrivals since Game Three of the Season 88 Finals last October, when the Lions outclassed the Knights, 67-39, to capture a third straight title.
The Knights have been lording over the standings this season, going unbeaten in seven games, while the Lions are not far behind with a 6-1 win-loss slate.
The MOA Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000, is currently the venue of most of the games of the ongoing Fiba-Asia men’s basketball championship, where Gilas Pilipinas is vying for a spot in the top three to gain a berth to the World Championships next year.