University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and Arellano University clash with Emilio Aguinaldo and Lyceum of the Philippines University, respectively, seeking nothing less than a victory that would keep it at second and a little closer to a pace-setting San Beda in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Led by Nigerian behemoth Bright Akhuetie, the Altas racked up three straight victories including a 71-68 triumph over the Pirates on Friday that gained it a piece of No. 2 with a 5-2 (win-loss) card.
The bullstrong and athletic Akhutie has been playing great as of late and averaged 18.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game.
He will be heavily tested though as he faces off with 6-11 Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou, who is coming off a game wherein he dropped 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks that powered the Generals to a 73-67 triumph over the San Sebastian Stags also Friday.
“It will be a good game because we expect them to play us strong because they also have a good import in Laminou,” said Perpetual Help coach Gimwell Gican in Filipino.
The Chiefs likewise jumped to a four-way tie at second with Perpetual Help, Mapua and defending champion Letran after it routed the St. Benilde Blazers, 70-59.
Arellano though will be playing a Lyceum squad coming off a heartbreaking defeat to Perpetual Help after stringing together three straight wins the game before—the team’s longest under the tutelage of Topex Robinson.
“We can’t underestimate Lyceum because we can also see how well they’re playing the past few games,” said Arellano mentor Jerry Codiñera.
The only other match of the day pits Jose Rizal (2-4) against San Sebastian (1-6) at 4 p.m.