Lions’ game vs Chiefs: A test of character

Games today
(San Juan Arena)
10 a.m.- LPU vs LSGH (jrs)
12nn.- San Beda vs Arellano (jrs)
2 p.m.- LPU vs St. Benilde (srs)
4 p.m.- San Beda vs Arellano (srs)

THE San Beda Red Lions are looking at today’s game against a dangerous Arellano University Chiefs’ side as a test of character.

A San Beda win over Arellano in their 4 p.m. tiff will give it a trouble-free ride to the Final Four and one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

But more than that, San Beda coach Jamike Jarin said the game will define what kind of players he has on the team.

“This is a character game. We will see what kind of men we have,” said Jarin, right after the Red Lions rolled past the Mapua Cardinals, 78-65 on Tuesday.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, are expected to go all out for a repeat over the Red Lions, whom they beat 84-88, in the first round.

The Red Lions currently share first place with the Letran Knights on 12-4 records, and a victory will put them back on top.  But should they lose against the Chiefs,  the Red Lions will have to get past the Letran Knights on Tuesday to still earn the twice-to-beat incentive.

The Chiefs, who are currently tied with the Mapua Cardinals at 10-6, will have to do it the hard way to make it to the next phase by winning all their remaining game.

“It’s still in our hands, but we have to do our part and win all our games,” said Arellano coach  Jerry Codinera.

Lyceum and College of St. Benilde, meanwhile, will meet in a non-bearing contest at 2 p.m.      

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