San Beda eyes sixth victory

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San Beda College stakes its hold of solo leadership when its battles College of St. Benilde Blazers while San Sebastian College faces cellar dweller Mapua Institute of

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Technology today in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament elimination round at the San Juan Arena.

San Beda Red Lions, the only unbeaten team with 5-0 slate, collide with the Blazers at 2 p.m. The Stags will then face winless Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. The secondary matches pit defending titlist San Beda Red Cubs against the CSB Greenies at 12 noon and the San Sebastian Staglets against the Mapua Red Robins at 6 p.m.

A win by the Red Lions will solidify their hold of the top spot but a setback will drop them into a tie with surprise second front running Arellano University Chiefs, which stunned favorite University of Perpetual Help Altas, 97-85, for their fifth win in six matches last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Arellano University’s Jiovani Jalalon was named Accel Quantum/3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week after helping the Chiefs to claim solo second spot.

He is now averaging 12.67 points a game, a league-best 6.67 assists, 5.83 rebounds and another league-high 3.50 steals in six games.

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