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Arellano, San Beda press semis bids

Games Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
9 a.m. – Arellano vs Letran (Jrs.)
10:45 a.m. – San Beda vs Perpetual (Jrs.)
12:30 p.m. – Mapua vs Lyceum (Jrs.)
2:15 p.m. – CSB-LSGH vs SSCR (Jrs.)
4 p.m. – JRU vs EAC (Jrs.)

Co-leaders Arellano University and San Beda look to inch closer to earning Final Four berths when they face separate rivals today in the NCAA juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Braves tangle with the Letran Squires at 9 a.m. while the defending seven-time champion Red Cubs battle the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas at 10:45 a.m.

Arellano and San Beda remain tied for the lead with identical 11-1 records.

Third-running Mapua, a game behind the two teams at 10-2, aims to boost its own Final Four ambition against Lyceum (6-5) at 12:30 p.m. CSB-La Salle Greenhills (9-3) faces struggling San Sebastian (1-11) at 2:15 p.m. before Jose Rizal University (2-10) meets winless Emilio Aguinaldo College (0-11) at 4 p.m.

Arellano is seeking its third straight win since losing to CSB-LSGH late in the first round, but is favored to beat Letran after prevailing in the first meeting, 87-75, last July 14.

The deadly trio of Guilmer Dela Torre, Lars Sunga and Aaron Fermin is expected to lead the Braves anew after averaging combined 43 points a game, but the Knights have Rhayniel David, Kobe Monje and Keifer Cordero.