MANILA - The Arellano Chiefs shoot for a share of third place with San Sebastian when they clash with Mapua at 2 p.m. on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City.
In the other game, Jose Rizal and Lyceum will both gun for a third win.
The Chiefs are out to bounce back from a stinging 90-81 defeat to 4-peat champions San Beda Red Lions last Saturday. The loss was their first setback after winning their first 2 games.
An Arellano win over Mapua will place the Chiefs in joint third with San Sebastian.
"It's a learning experience for us, that loss to San Beda," said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera. "It taught us to take care of the ball more and defend the perimeter better."
Arellano had 23 turnovers that allowed San Beda to score a whopping 21 points. They also failed to stop the Lions from burying 9 triples.
The JRU Bombers and the Lyceum Pirates are likewise aiming for a third win in their game set at 4 p.m.
The Kalentong-based school shocked last year's runner-up Letran, 69-60, last Monday for its second straight win after dropping its first 2 outings.
Lyceum, on the other hand, snared its second win with as many losses by edging Mapua, 80-78, the same day.
Jose Rizal mentor Vergel Meneses said the key to their resurgence is the player's realization of the importance of following their game-plan to the letter.
"The players started to realize that we can't win games if we will not follow our game plan and our instructions," said Meneses.
For Lyceum's Bonnie Tan, he hopes to draw another strong effort from Joseph Gabayni, who was all over the court in their win over the Mapua Cardinals, scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal.
"He carried us through, I hope he comes through again," said Tan of the big-bodied Gabayni.