August 7 Games
San Sebastian 7-0
San Beda 7-1
Jose Rizal 6-1
St. Benilde 4-4
Arellano U 2-4
Perpetual Help 2-5
Last year’s second placer Jose Rizal guns for a share of second spot with reigning three-peat champion San Beda as it tackles an
unpredictable St. Benilde today in the 85th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. The Bombers are eager to bounce back from a 76-91 rout it suffered at the hands of the league-leading San Sebastian Stags Monday that sent them from a share of the lead with their tormentors down to third place with a 6-1 (win-loss) slate behind the Lions’ 7-1 record. A win by the Kalentong-based cagers over the Blazers in their 4 p.m. duel will push them at joint No. 2 with the Lions and half a game closer to the invincible Stags, who are unbeaten in seven assignments. And Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia, who is still grieving over the death of his former team captain Jayson Nocom, they’re in for a tough ride against a dangerous St. Benilde, which is not that far behind with an even 4-4 card. “They’re (Blazers) no ushovers, they’re capable of beating any team including us,” said Vanguardia, who is hoping to steer his team to its first title in 37 years.
“But for us to beat them, we need to work harder and continue to believe on each other,” he added. In the other game, Arellano U and Perpetual Help aim to check on their slide and get back on the winning track and Final Four contention as the two collide at 2 p.m. The Chiefs have dropped their last four outings after starting the season with a pair of wins including one over heavily favored Letran while the Altas are struggling with a 2-5 card. John Wilson would need to summon his old self after he was limited to his season low nine points in the painful loss to San Sebastian to skid from a share of the top spot with Stags skipper Jimbo Aquino in the scoring department to second.
The Bombers would also have to find ways to limit, if not stop, the prolific duo of captain Jeff Morial and William Johnston, who spewed 31 and 21 points, respectively, in the Blazers’ 117-107 double overtime win over the Arellano Chiefs a week ago. “They stepped up big for us in our last win,” said St. Benilde mentor Richard del Rosario of his Morial and Johnston.
Last Modified on 07/08/2009 05:19