Champs Red Lions gun for 12th win

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Reigning champion San Beda College aims for win no. 12 to strengthen its hold of the top spot when it takes on the San Sebastian College-Recoletos at 4 p.m. today in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan City.

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Meanwhile, the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta under coach Aric Del Rosario aims to tie Letran at the No. 2 spot when it battles the now out of contention Emilio Aguinaldo College in the first game at 2 p.m.

The Red Lions, now with an 11-3 win-loss record, regained the top spot last Friday after the Knights lost to the Mapua Cardinals. Letran is now No. 2 with 11-4 win-loss record while Perpetual is no.3 with 10 wins and four losses.

Pro-bound players Arthur Dela Cruz and playmaker Baser Amer are expected to lead San Beda.

Red Lions coach Jamike Jarin said that with the way the Final Four race is going, they need all the wins they could get. “It’s a close race so it’s a win or bust,” he said.

The Golden Stags, despite being already eliminated in the Final Four race, are still expected to play aggressively. The Stags posted just four wins in 15 games so far.

The Generals, like the Stags, are already eliminated in the Final Four race with only two wins in 14 games.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Earl Scottie Thomp¬¬son is expected to lead the Altas anew after posting his sixth triple-double—21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in their last game. Supporting Thompson will be the 6’7 Bright Akhuetie.

“Whether I have a triple-double or not, I just want my team to win,” said Thompson.

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