MANILA, Philippines -- Lyceum will try to stretch its winning streak to four while Perpetual Help hopes to end a two-game slide as the two collide on Wednesday in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Pirates have racked up three straight victories capped by its 73-67 win over the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals last Friday to nail their fourth win in six outings.
Another victory in their 2 p.m. duel with the Altas will keep coach Bonnie Tan’s charges at No. 3 and closer to the San Beda Lions and Arellano Chiefs, who are tied atop the heap with 5-1 (win-loss) slates.
Tan expects the Las Pinas-based school to go all out to halt a two-game skid, including a 97-85 defeat to Arellano University last Saturday.
“It will be tough facing a team coming from two straight losses and we have to be prepared for that,” said Tan.
Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario has been challenging his players, particularly outside the high-scoring triumvirate of Earl Scottie Thompson, Juneric Baloria and Harold Arboleda, to step up.
“Teams now are focusing on my three players,” said Del Rosario in Filipino referring to Thompson, Baloria and Arboleda, who are averaging 56 of the 78 points their team is scoring every game. “So I’m challenging the other players to provide help.”
Last year’s second-place Letran and EAC, which are tied at eighth spot with 1-4 cards, will seek to get back into the thick of things as the two clash at 4 p.m.