Arellano eyes third win in a row in clash with JRU; San Sebastian, San Beda renew rivalry



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Arellano University is out to prove its back-to-back wins against powerhouse teams are no fluke while San Sebastian College-Recoletos and San Beda University renew their rivalry on Wednesday in the NCAA Season 98.

Arellano, carrying a two-game winning streak, will tackle Jose Rizal University at 3 p.m. while San Sebastian and San Beda collide in their 12 p.m. encounter.

Arellano is fresh from a 61-59 escape of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA last Friday before it pulled off an upset of defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran in a 72-69 stunner last Sunday.

And winning three of their first four games, Arellano head coach Cholo Martin said they are hoping to carry the same momentum against a JRU side eager to follow up its 97-74 demolition of Emilio Aguinaldo College last Saturday.

Prior to that, the Heavy Bombers were winless in two outings after falling to Perpetual and Letran.

"'Yung team attitude maganda. Nagkakasundo sila so kahit nagaaway, syempre hindi mo maiiwasan, pero sila rin nagso-solve. Aalis na ako 'pag nagaaway sila then bukas magkabati na sila," Martin said.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian is looking to build on the momentum the Stags built when they stunned last season's finalist Mapua University, 57-56, as they take on the equally hungry San Beda side.

The Red Lions are coming off an upset loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University last Saturday where the Mendiola crew absorbed an 89-81 defeat to drop to 1-2.

Despite San Beda's standing so far, San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya stressed they still have to be wary as the Red Lions have the tendency to be aggressive on the offensive end.

"Well, San Beda culture na 'yan eh. Unpredictable 'yung team na 'yan. You can see na 'pag may chance talaga, the winning culture is still there," said Macaraya.

"They can shoot threes like layup eh, so I think the most important thing is bago 'yung coach then hopefully, makapag-adjust sila ng mas mabilis then who knows, andon na rin 'yan sa championship."

—JMB, GMA News

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