MANILA, Philippines – College of St. Benilde looks to bounce back after a stinging loss at the hands of defending champion San Beda as it clashes with San Sebastian Wednesday in the NCAA Season 90 men's basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Blazers ran into a stonewall in Ola Adeogun and the Red Lions and absorbed a 54-78 defeat last Saturday, which pulled them out of the top four and into fifth place with a 7-5 win-loss record.
San Beda, the four-time defending champions, continues to lead the way in the league standings with a 10-2 card, followed by Arellano University (9-3). Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University are tied for third with 8-4 slates.
"It's an eye-opener for us," Benilde coach Gabby Velasco said of their loss to San Beda. "What's important is that we learn from our mistakes and we don't give up from temporary setbacks like that loss."
San Sebastian, for its part, is hoping to end an eight-game losing skid that sent it free-falling from inside the magic four early in the season to the ninth spot with a 3-9 mark.
A win for the Stags will not only end the skid but also salvage them some measure of pride while lighting up their flickering Final Four hopes.
Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, bunched at the seventh and eighth spots with 4-7 and 3-8 records, respectively, battle each other at 4 p.m. as both squads seek to breathe life into their dying Final Four campaigns as well.