AFTER absorbing their first defeat, defending champions San Beda College Red Lions are expected to make adjustments when they collide against the Arellano University Chiefs on Thursday in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.
The Red Lions, with a 1-1 slate, are aiming for their second win to remain at the second spot when they face the Chiefs at 6 p.m. In the other game, host College of Saint Benilde Blazers will battle the winless Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 2 p.m.
The Red Lions failed to sustain momentum resulting to a 66-70 loss to Lyceum Pirates on June 24. The setback came after the Lions posted a slim 71-70 win over the Blazers on June 22.
“No one really has the edge over the other. The league right now is well-balanced that no one can say they are stronger than the other. The best thing to do now is to prepare each game and play with your best always,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.
Meanwhile, Letran center Raymond Almazan gained the Accel NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week plum for leading the Knights to two straight victories. The wins allowed Letran to share the top spot with University of Perpetual Help Altas.
“Raymond [Almazan] has been carrying us the past two games. He has been working out hard on practice and he understands how the team needs him especially in defense. He has been consistent in both offense and defense,” said new Letran coach Caloy Garcia.