By Waylon Galvez
Games Today (The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m. – EAC vs San Beda (Jrs)
4 p.m. – EAC vs San Beda (Srs)
Games Tomorrow (The Arena, San Juan)
8 a.m. – Perpetual Help vs Letran (Jrs)
10 a.m. – Lyceum vs Mapua (Jrs)
12 n.n. – Perpetual Help vs Letran (Srs)
2 p.m. – Lyceum vs Mapua (Srs)
4 p.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Srs)
6 p.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Jrs)
Defending three-time champion San Beda University (SBU) takes on Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) as the Generals host the Red Lions in the first on-tour game of the 95th NCAA men’s basketball today at the EAC Gym in Paco, Manila.
EAC has yet to beat San Beda in 20 meetings in 10 years.
The match is set at 4 p.m. after the Brigadiers face the Red Cubs at 2 p.m.
The Generals are coming off an 84-82 victory over the Lyceum Pirates, finalists in the last two seasons.
Marwin Taywan and Jethro Mendoza starred in EAC’s triumph as they scored 21 points each, with the latter delivering the winning basket – a layup with 1.5 seconds left.
EAC’s new mentor Oliver Bunyi said they have to bring their A-game to have a shot at beating San Beda.
“We will try to visualize again that we can defeat the defending champions,” said Bunyi. “We’ll do our job and we’re hoping that we’re going to do the right thing, to at least have a chance.”
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez is aware of what EAC is capable of. Still, the Red Lions are heavily favored after big wins against host school Arellano University (59-46) and Jose Rizal University (74-52) during the opening week of the NCAA.
“Winning two games is good for us, but it’s a long season,” he said. “It’s better to check on what’s wrong with the team because we’re not yet consistent with our rotation and with ball movement.”
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