IT'S destiny not entirely in its hands, Stallion-Sta. Lucia focuses on things within its control as it takes on Nomads on Tuesday in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
While they are on top of the 10-team standings with 42 points, the Stallions at the most, can now only get a maximum of 48 points with two games remaining.
Second-running Global, meanwhile, can still raise its point total to 49 points with still three games in its schedule.
The top team at the end of the eliminations will be the outright champion.
In order to keep their championship hopes alive, the Stallions have to win their last two games, starting with Nomads at 7:30 p.m. and hope Global, the defending champion, fails to sweep its final three outings.
The Stallions’ title hopes suffered a huge blow last week after losing a 2-1 decision to Global.
But Stallions skipper Joaco Cañas believes Sta. Lucia, which faces a struggling Nomads side that has failed to get maximum points in 11 games, remains in the thick of the title race.
“We lost the battle, but not the war,” the Spaniard posted on his Twitter account @JoaquinCG3, hours after their defeat to Global.
The main event will be preceded by a Division 2 game between Cimarron and Forza at 5:15 p.m.
A crucial battle between Global and Loyola Meralco was supposed to open the Tuesday double-header, but had to be moved at a later date to avoid a conflict of schedule between the league and the Azkals.
UFL president Randy Roxas confirmed the move made by the league, a win-win situation for the teams involved. The Azkals were also set to play on Tuesday in a friendly against Hong Kong in the opponent's turf.
Had the Global-Sparks game push through on its original date, both teams would have been undermanned as some of their players are called up for national team duty.