Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) battles Jose Rizal University (JRU) as three other teams play their first games today in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Both the Pirates and the Heavy Bombers hope to continue their impressive performances in the preseason as they collide at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and College of St. Benilde, under rookie head coach TY Tang, open the game day with their noontime tussle.
Mapua University looks to bounce back from its 82-91 loss to Arellano University in the opening day when it duels Colegio de San Juan de Letran at 4 p.m.
Following its historic run in this year’s Premier Cup, LPU seeks to notch its first Final Four appearance in the NCAA as it leans on its prized recruit CJ Perez.
Perez, a former reserve for Ateneo de Manila University, was named to the Mythical Five in the preseason competition after averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
JRU aims to return to the Final Four after missing the seminals cut last season with a fifth place finish on a 9-9 win-loss record.
Star guard Teytey Teodoro and Abdel Poutouochi are expected to lead the squad from Shaw Boulevard, though promising cager Darius Estrella was ruled out for the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA