MANILA, Philippines – The University of Perpetual Help Altas will try to breathe some life into their flickering Final 4 hopes when they take on defending champion San Beda College in the NCAA Season 93 tournament on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Altas are coming off an embarrassing 85-52 loss to Jose Rizal University (JRU) last Friday, their ninth defeat against only four victories this season.
They need to win all their remaining games, including Tuesday's assignment against San Beda, in order to stay in the hunt.
Perpetual Help takes on Mapua University on October 5, Arellano University on October 12, Emilio Aguinaldo College on October 19, and San Sebastian College in a still unspecified playdate.
"All our remaining games are must-win for us," said Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican.
However, pulling off an upset against San Beda will be a tall order for Perpetual Help. The Red Lions are coming off an 83-72 win over the Chiefs last Thursday, assuring them of a twice-to-beat edge in the Final 4 with their 13-1 record.
The Altas will draw inspiration from their close 53-57 setback to San Beda in the first round, which saw them implode in the end game to hand the victory to the defending champs.
Game time is at 2 p.m.
In the second game, JRU will look to solidify its hold of the third spot when it takes on the already-eliminated De La Salle-College of St. Benide at 4 p.m.
The Heavy Bombers currently have an 8-6 win-loss record, a full game ahead of San Sebastian (7-7) in the league standings.
Another triumph over the Blazers, who are already out of the running with a 3-11 slate, will boost their hopes of returning to the semifinals.
"If we keep playing with the same intensity as we did the last time, we have a chance," said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.
The Heavy Bombers are hoping to get another solid effort from MJ dela Virgen, who exploded for a career-high 18 points in their huge win over Perpetual Help last week.
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