Knights stake unbeaten slate, Red Lions aim to bounce back

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The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights will stake their unbeaten record when they face the San Sebastian College Stags while five-peat champions San Beda College Red Lions will battle the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates today in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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The Knights, fresh from their 93-80 win over the Red Lions on Thursday will meet the Stags at 4 p.m. following the Pirates and Red Lions encounter at 2 p.m. In the juniors matches, six-peat champion San Beda will take on the Lyceum Junior Pirates at 10 a.m. before the Letran Squires versus San Sebastian Staglets match at 12 noon.

A win by coach Aldin Ayo’s Knights would enable them to regain a share of top the spot with the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas that are carrying a 4-0 card.

“We were challenged by people who wrote us down. It’s our kind of basketball, to create disorder and disrupt our opponents at every opportunity,” said Ayo. The Knights banked on Kevin Racal, Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac’s combined 49 points to rout the favored Red Lions and remain unbeaten in three outings.

The Knights will be facing the San Sebastian Stags that are keen on bouncing back from their 70-84 defeat to the Altas on Friday.

In the other seniors game, a win by the Red Lions over the Pirates would enable them to gain share of the third spot with the Arellano Chiefs, who are bearing a 3-1 record.

“Blame me for that loss to Letran. I take responsibility,” said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin, who will be missing star player Baser Amer in their game against Lyceum.

Amer is nursing a dislocated right shoulder and will be recuperating for at least three months.

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