Gen­er­als eye 2nd win

Tempo - - Sports - By JEROME LA­GUN­ZAD

Games To­day

(The Arena, San Juan)

8 a.m. - Le­tran vs EAC (J)

10 a.m. - San Beda vs CSB (J)

12 noon - Le­tran vs EAC (S)

2 p.m.- San Beda vs CSB (S)

4 p.m.- Arel­lano vs JRU (S)

6 p.m.- Arel­lano vs JRU (J)

Dark­horse Emilio Aguinaldo Col­lege tries to gain a share of the early lead while de­fend­ing cham­pion San Beda in­tends to get back on track as they face sep­a­rate foes to­day in the re­sump­tion of the 93rd NCAA se­niors bas­ket­ball tour­ney at The Arena in San Juan City.

Fresh from a solid 74-64 vic­tory over St. Be­nilde last Fri­day, the Gen­er­als hope to sus­tain their fine form against the Le­tran Knights in their 12 noon show­down and keep in step with the up­start Lyceum Pi­rates, win­ners of their first two matches.

EAC has enough tools to get the job done, but vet­eran big man Sid­ney On­wu­bere knows the Gen­er­als can­not af­ford to put their guards down against the Knights who are aching to re­cover from a 75-78 loss dealt by the un­der­manned Ma­pua Car­di­nals last week.

“We should not re­lax,” said the 6-foot-4 On­wu­bere, re­fer­ring to the Gen­er­als unim­pres­sive close­out against the Blaz­ers whom they al­lowed to en­ter­tain come­back hopes in the fi­nal frame af­ter trail­ing by as many as 24 points.

“Hindi kami pwe­deng maglaro ng ga­nun against Le­tran kasi saglit lang sa kanila hum­abol ng ga­nun lamang. Pup­wede pa kam­ing mat­alo. Ev­ery game is im­por­tant if we want to make it to the Fi­nal Four.”

The Red Lions should come in with such fire in their 2 p.m. en­counter with the Blaz­ers as they try to re­deem them­selves from a 91-96 loss in­flicted by the Pi­rates in what could be an early fi­nals pre­view last Fri­day.

San Beda coach Boyet Fer­nan­dez, de­spite hav­ing a po­tent team envy of many, is urg­ing the Red Lions to come up with a bet­ter de­fen­sive per­for­mance – in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively – which they strug­gled to dis­play dur­ing a tight fin­ish against the Pi­rates.

Clash­ing in the third and fi­nal se­niors match set at 4 p.m. are last year’s brides­maid Arel­lano U and Jose Rizal U, both ea­ger to stay hot on the heels of top con­tenders.

The Chiefs, de­spite en­joy­ing a home­court ad­van­tage in the lat­est “NCAA On Tour,” fell prey to sea­son host San Se­bas­tian 56-65 while the Heavy Bombers aim to sus­tain their win­ning ways fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive 68-54 win over strug­gling Per­pet­ual Help last Fri­day.

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