OKBet Sports: Red Lions Aim For The Lead

A week ago, San Beda’s Red Lions were mostly concerned with maintaining their position in the top half of the leaderboard for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

But the Red Lions are now on the hunt and will be gunning for a share of the lead having all the momentum on their side when they play Jose Rizal University (JRU) on Tuesday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre. This is because their loss to Mapua was overturned, and they won a tough game against the two-time defending champion Letran on the same day. Both of these victories came on the same day.

The Lions, who have a record of 4-1, have a chance to make it a three-way tie for the early lead if they win their match against the Heavy Bombers at 12 noon.

At the same time, Perpetual Help will be competing against Emilio Aguinaldo College at 3 pm in an effort to prevent the Eagles from claiming their first victory of the season.

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Both College of St. Benilde and Lyceum are still tied for the lead at this early round of the competition.

“We have to be smart against JRU,” said San Beda’s Red Lions coach Yuri Escueta, whose players made the most out of the absence of two key Letran stars in a 76-68 win on Friday last week.

This victory came just hours after the players found out that an opening day loss to Mapua was turned into a win because the Cardinals were found to have fielded an ineligible player.

The reason Escueta responded in that manner was that Jose Rizal has been one of the most physically competitive teams in this competition.

The Bombers, on the other hand, won’t be an easy target since they’ll be coming into the game on a three-game winning run and looking to extend it after suffering two straight defeats.

Coach Louie Gonzales is pleased with how his squad has been doing as of late, but he acknowledges that he will need to get the most out of his whole bench if Jose Rizal goes far into the tournament this year.

Gonzales said that his first eight players were doing well in Filipino. “But eight guys won’t cut it. It is imperative that all 15 players on my roster be prepared to make significant contributions.

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