SAN Sebastian will be one of the beneficiaries if and when San Beda guard Ryusei Koga is found guilty of playing in another league while Season 89 of the NCAA is ongoing.
Currently seeded third, the Stags will climb a notch higher in case the league forfeits four San Beda wins as a result of the Koga case. As a result, the team will gain a twice-to-beat advantage in facing new third seed University of Perpetual Help in the Final Four.
Stags coach Topex Robinson admitted that should be a better scenario for the Stags than facing a twice-to-beat Letran in the semifinals.
“If it happens, then it’s a good opportunity for us,” Robinson admitted to Spin.ph on All-Souls Day.
“But as of now, our preparation is set on Letran,” he was quick to add. “The San Beda issue is not within our control, so we don’t want to focus on that at the moment.”
The Stags lost both their head-to-head matchups with the Knights in the elimination round, a 69-74 defeat in the first round and a 68-75 decision in the second round.
On the other hand, the Stags can match up better with the Altas after sweeping their three games against the Las Piñas-based dribblers - twice in the eliminations and another in the playoff for the third seeding.
Robinson, however, remains cautious of the struggling Altas, who have lost their last five games and are currently slated to face the top-seeded Lions.
“Perpetual is a tough nut to crack likewise,” Robinson said. “Whoever it is we face, the key is we need to outwork the other team.”