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Lions gun for No. 9 vs Blazers

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today:

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

12 noon-- San Beda  vs CSB (S)

2 p.m. -- Arellano vs San  Sebastian (S)

4 p.m. --PHSD vs EAC (S)

PACESETTER San Beda seeks to rediscover its winning ways while joint second placers Arellano University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta try to carry over their impressive first round performance today as action in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament resumes at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Red Lions are expected to vent their ire against winless College of Saint Benilde at 12 noon, while the Chiefs take on luckless San Sebastian College at 2 p.m.
     
Now  the league's hottest team with a five-game winning streak, the Altas play a dangerous Emilio Aguinaldo College in the final game of another tripleheader at 4 p.m.
    
After winning its first eight games of the season, San Beda failed to sweep the first round after a stunning 73-79 defeat to Jose Rizal University last week.
       
Even they are still firmly on top despite the humbling loss, coach Jamike Jarin acknowledges the fact that the Lions need to elevate their game in the second round, especially with another close Final Four race looming in the horizon.
    
“It's going to be tough. All the teams will gonna be better. We need to be ready,” said Jarin.
     
All eyes will be also on Arellano and Perpetual Help, who are determined to avoid their late elimination round meltdown last season which eliminated them in the semifinals race.
     
The Chiefs and the Altas will enter the second round with identical 7-2 cards in joint second, as both teams simply need to beat the teams they suppose to beat in this stage of the tournament to make a return Final Four.
     
Arellano was solid in the first round, thanks to the trio of MVP contender Jiovanni Jalalon, Kent Salado and rookie transferee Lervin Flores, and coach Jerry Codiñera is upbeat on his team's chances to go further this season.
    
“We have to get as much wins as possible. We have a better manpower compared from last year,” said  Codiñera.
     
Dubbed as the best playmaker in the collegiate ranks right now, Jalalon ranks second behind Letran's Rey Nambatac in scoring with 19.2 points per outing.
     
Perpetual Help, meanwhile, defied all odds despite coming into the  tournament minus former league MVP Earl Thompson and former coach Aric del Rosario.
    
Aside from the impressive showing of All-Star Game MVP Bright Akhuetie and Gab Dagangon, the Altas   are doing well.
    
Meantime, Arellano and San Beda pulled off contrasting victories yesterday to keep their hold of the lead at the start of the second round of the NCAA juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
    
Relying on a big fourth quarter breakaway, the Braves turned back the Emilio Aguinaldo Brigadiers, 90-64, while the Cubs simply overpowered the San Sebastian Staglets, 111-55, to nail their ninth win against a loss.
    
Up by just four points, 55-51, at the end of the third quarter, Guillmer dela Torre scattered 11 of his 19 points while Lars Sunga scored eight of his 17 in the same period.