AFTER the cancellation of games last week because of bad weather, basketball action resumes today as tail-ender Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals face the Arellano University Chiefs while the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers collide against winless San Sebastian College Stags in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
With just two weeks into the elimination round, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas are on top of the standings with a 3-0 slate followed by defending champion San Beda College Red Lions and Letran Knights that are both bearing identical 2-0 cards.
Last year’s runner-up Arellano Chiefs will be aiming for their second win in two outings to remain within striking distance of the leaders. A win by the Chiefs over the Generals at 2 p.m. would enable them to remain in the fourth spot.
Also hoping to remain in fourth position are the JRU Heavy Bombers; that is if the win over the Stags at 4 p.m. The Heavy Bombers are currently holding a 1-1 record following their 62-78 loss to Letran on July 3. Coach Vergel Meneses’ Bombers won over the Arellano Chiefs, 78-61, during the opening of the games on June 27.
Meanwhile, Gilas Cadets stalwarts Baser Amer of San Beda, Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual Help Altas and Jiovani Jalalon of the Arellano Chiefs led a cast of 10 NCAA players who were named into the “Smart Elite.”
Other players included in the group as “Ambassadors” of the telecommunication company were Letran’s Rey Nambatac, Jonathan Grey of Saint Benilde Blazers, Francis Munsayac of EAC Generals, Bernabe Teodoro of JRU Heavy Bombers, Joseph Gabayni of Lyceum Pirates, Andretti Stevens of Mapua Cardinals and Bradwyn Guinto of San Sebastian Stags.
“As Smart Elite ambassadors, we need to serve a good example not just during the games but also outside the court. We should be a role model to all,” said Amer, a member of the Red Lions.