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NCAA: Lions, Pirates eye ‘bonuses’

By Kristel Satumbaga

Games Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
10 a.m. – Lyceum vs LSGH (Jrs)
12 noon – Arellano vs
San Beda (Jrs)
2 p.m. – Lyceum vs CSB (Srs)
4 p.m. – Arellano vs San Beda (Srs)

Defending champion San Beda and Lyceum shoot for twice-to-beat semifinal incentives when they collide with separate opponents today in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.

Apart from the bonus, the Red Lions will have the chance to boost their bid for the top seed in the semis in their 4 p.m. confrontation with the Arellano Chiefs.

The Pirates, on the other hand, square off with the College of St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m. in what could the last chance for the latter to secure a playoff for the last semis berth.

The Lions are on an 8-game winning run that improved their record to 14-1.

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will continue to rely on veteran Robert Bolick after finishing with 19 points against the Blazers, as well as JV Mocon and Donald Tankoua.

Arellano, meanwhile, wants nothing but a graceful exit and improve its 4-10 card. In the first round, the Chiefs lost to the Lions, 98-79.

In the other pairing, Lyceum tries to move on from a heartbreaking 80-79 loss to Letran last Friday that dropped them to 14-2 at second place.

“I told my players that we will not be defined as a team just because we lost to a better team that afternoon,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson. “We will be defined by how we’re gonna finish this season and the season after.”

Robinson casts his eyes on CJ Perez, Mike Nzesseu and JC Marcelino to regain their bearings against a dangerous St. Benilde squad.