Raging NU Bulldogs clash with weary StagsBy Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
After tearing apart a good number of opponents, National University tackles a powerhouse in San Sebastian in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup Wednesday.
The 5:15 p.m. main game, where the unbeaten Bulldogs will go for a sixth victory, will come after a pair of matches featuring teams vying for breakthrough wins.
University of the Philippines and Perpetual Help gun for their first triumph at 3:30 p.m., while Arellano aims to improve its 1-2 card against winless St. Benilde at 1:45 p.m. at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Bulldogs, virtually assured of a quarterfinal slot in Group B, hope to stick to their game plan the way they did in their 71-52 crushing of the Blazers recently.
“I told my players that the number one thing that we should focus on is the rebounds; we must always win in the rebounding,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.
The Bulldogs did just that in their last outing, mauling the Blazers off the boards, 54-31.
Although the Stags have all the tools to match up with the Bulldogs, coach Topex Robinson hopes his crew can regain their bearing just days after arriving from a training camp in the United States.
Quickly plunging into action, a weary San Sebastian crew absorbed a 65-79 drubbing from Jose Rizal University on Monday night.
Two varsity stars will also face off as UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks leads the Bulldogs against his NCAA counterpart Calvin Abueva.
UP, Perpetual Help and St. Benilde, meanwhile, hope to rise from their poor start.
The Maroons and the Altas are the only winless squads in three games in Group A, while the Blazers remain at the Group B cellars.