SAN Beda hopes that 13 will be a lucky number as it tries to cement its enduring NCAA men’s basketball dynasty.
Armed with a 12-game winning streak entering the finals, coach Boyet Fernandez knows that the Red Lions need two more wins to achieve their ultimate goal.
“But again, it’s not yet over. We still have a title to defend against Lyceum,” said Fernandez, who is eyeing to steer San Beda to a record 22nd crown.
For the 13th straight season, the Lions will figure in another championship game with a rematch against the Pirates starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
San Beda, the elimination round topnotcher with an impressive 17-1 record, has split its two meetings with LPU this year.
For coach Topex Robinson, the Pirates are determined to go all the way this time after enduring last season’s heartbreak of being swept by the Lions.
“These kids are really driven not only for the school but for everyone who supports us,” said Robinson.
Unlike last season where it went 18-0 to make it to the Finals outright, LPU finished second with a 15-3 card.
The championship series will feature the league’s biggest stars in Robert Bolick and CJ Perez.
Bolick, who scored 50 points in a first round game against Arellano University, seeks to cap his stellar career for San Beda as a winner.
Perez, the last season’s MVP, said he wants to end his stint with the Pirates with a trophy in tow and be remembered as one who brought the school to a breakthrough championship.