Games Today (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City)
2 p.m. – NU vs FEU
4 p.m. – UST vs Letran
University of Santo Tomas begins its quest for a second straight national title without Jeric Teng when it collides with Letran today in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Sweet 16 Luzon-Metro Manila stepladder phase at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul and Aljon Mariano lead UST’s attack in the 4 p.m. duel with the Knights, who are likewise seeking redemption following their NCAA finals defeat to San Beda some two weeks ago.
The Growling Tigers will have to rely on their holdovers from October’s heartbreaking loss to La Salle in the UAAP finals after Teng was drafted by Rain or Shine in the second round of the PBA Rookie Draft.
The winner advances to tomorrow’s game for the last PCCL Final Four berth against either Far Eastern U or National University. FEU and NU, coming off double-digit victories last Thursday, meet in the 2 p.m. opener. The Tamaraws got an all-around performance from Mac Belo to beat San Sebastian, 83-73, while two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks came two assists shy of a triple-double in the Bulldogs’ 73-63 defeat of University of the East.
Letran will likewise be shorthanded against UST after center Raymond Almazan was taken by Rain or Shine as the third overall pick in the PBA Draft.
Knights coach Caloy Garcia is expected to go small with guard Mark Cruz, Kevin Racal, Ford Ruaya, Von Tambeling and Rey Nambatac as his main weapons. (Jonas Terrado)