THE NCAA will hold games outside Metro Manila for the first time in 88 seasons as the country’s oldest collegiate league brings the action to the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on Wednesday.
St. Benilde and Arellano collide in an interesting matchup of teams trying to employ the triangle offense, but the much-anticipated battle of wits between Blazers coach Richard del Rosario and Chiefs mentor Koy Banal will have to wait until the second round.
Del Rosario and Banal are Tim Cone’s lieutenants at B-Meg in the PBA, but only del Rosario will make the long trip to Laguna to steer the Blazers. Banal has reportedly opted not to join his Chiefs and will instead try to help the Llamados get back on track after losing the opener of the title series to Rain or Shine.
Del Rosario will try to catch the B-Meg game after the match.
After their 64-84 loss to Perpetual Help, the Blazers slipped to eighth spot and will now try to bounce back and improve their 2-4 win-loss mark.
The Chiefs are coming off a win 83-52 win over Lyceum, a victory that improved their record to 2-3 for a share of fifth place.
Letran takes on Emilio Aguinaldo College in the other game.
The Knights, with a 2-3 win-loss card, are raring to get back in action after Saturday’s rained out game against bitter rival San Beda but will have to travel over 80 kilometers south of Manila to play against the 1-4 Generals.
Gunning for back-to-back wins after their 66-60 victory over the Mapua Cardinals last July 16, the Knights led by ace point guard Kevin Alas, face the cellar-dwelling Generals at 4 p.m. while enjoying "homecourt edge."
Letran has a campus in Calamba town.
Kevin Alas had a huge game for Letran with 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists and is again expected to spearhead the Knights’ attack on the skidding Generals, losers of four straight.