SAN Beda tries to move on from an off-court setback by putting up a dominant showing on the court as it tangles with Jose Rizal University on Saturday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
A day after the league denied their protest, the Red Lions seek to leave nothing to chance this time as they shoot for a 14th victory in 17 games against the Heavy Bombers.
A victory in the lone seniors’ game at 3 p.m. will secure for the league-leading Lions the first twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.
The defending champions put their 75-76 loss to University of Perpetual Help on Monday under protest over a technicality in a play in the third quarter, a motion that was junked by the league on Friday.
Although believing the play in question proved to be a major factor in the defeat, Lions coach Boyet Fernandez admitted his team also performed poorly.
“It was really a bad game for us,” he said. “Hopefully we can recover from that.”
But the Lions are in the midst of a killer schedule that will see them face two Final Four contenders in the Bombers and the Arellano Chiefs in their next games.
First is JRU, which San Beda beat in the first round, 57-49. But the Bombers are also eager to atone for a narrow 69-71 loss to College of St. Benilde just last Wednesday.
The Bombers return to the court three days later hoping to improve their 9-6 win-loss slate that will gain them a piece of fourth spot with University of Perpetual Help.