Lions seek share of NC lead vs Aric’s AltasBy Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
San Beda seeks to stretch its unbeaten start to three games while Mapua hopes to continue a string of solid performances today when they face separate rivals in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Red Lions clash with the Perpetual Help Altas at 6 p.m. with the two-time defending champions hoping to gain a share of top spot with the Jose Rizal U Bombers, who hold a 3-0 record.
The Cardinals are also hoping to extend their winning streak to three games against the Lyceum Pirates at 4 p.m.
A win by the Cardinals will push them to solo third spot or second if San Beda loses against Perpetual Help.
San Beda is two games away from a complete roster as Nigerian center Ola Adeogun sits out the third of a four-game ban, but the Red Lions have done enough to hurdle their first two assignments behind a balanced offensive.
San Beda coach Ronnie Magsanoc is wary of the Altas, who have shown renewed confidence under veteran coach Aric del Rosario.
“They are a well-coached team,” Magsanoc said of the Altas, who is coming off a 65-80 loss to San Sebastian last week.
Stirring comebacks have become a hallmark of the Cardinals’ campaign so far with their two wins coming after they trailed at halftime. Against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, the Cardinals overhauled a 13-point halftime deficit to come away with a 67-63 win.
Sophomore Josan Nimes has been at the heart of the Cardinals attack, averaging 21.5 points in their last two games.