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Purple Lions pursuit of misplaced crown will kick off from unfamiliar start line

San Beda vs St Benilde within the NCAA Season 97 males’s basketball match. NCAA/GMA PHOTO

Seventeen years.

That’s how lengthy it has been since San Beda final completed outdoors of the highest two spots on the finish of the elimination spherical of the NCAA males’s basketball match. It’s been that lengthy for the reason that Purple Lions haven’t had playoff safety of any kind in its journey to the championship.

Friday’s 59-56 defeat to defending champion Letran pushed San Beda right down to the No. 3 spot, however Lions coach Boyet Fernandez noticed adversity headed their method a lot sooner than that.

“The gamers knew the danger after dropping to Mapua [last Saturday],” Fernandez stated, referring to a 68-54 defeat that opened the door for the Cardinals to leapfrog to second place. “I already laid issues out to them that the state of affairs goes to be robust.”

However as they are saying in regards to the sturdy ones when the going will get robust: “I’m certain my boys can be prepared,” Fernandez stated.

“I nonetheless consider we have now likelihood.”

In any case, this isn’t the primary time San Beda—which gained three straight titles earlier than Letran stopped it chilly within the final season earlier than the pandemic struck—might want to overcome obstacles to say an NCAA crown.

Classes from earlier than

About 5 years in the past, the Purple Lions watched Lyceum sweep its technique to a Finals berth, plunging everybody else right into a stepladder playoff. Fernandez stated his crew will attempt to carry the identical form of mentality that propelled them to the crown towards the Pirates.

“Simply the identical [mindset] again in 2017 when LPU (Lyceum of the Philippines College) swept it,” he stated.

The Purple Lions had solely a day to lick their wounds after dropping to the Knights earlier than selecting themselves as much as put together for St. Benilde within the first stage of the play-in, Season 97’s newly launched bonus spherical.

“My gamers are anticipating redemption. Everyone knows CSB (School of St. Benilde) is a robust crew, and we’ll put together towards them as we at all times do. It is going to be robust, however we’re going to compete,” Fernandez stated.

The Lions defeated the Blazers, 67-63, final week.

“I’m certain my boys can be prepared for every thing, particularly we’re going to play St. Benilde straight away this Sunday, so simply someday off [for us],’’ Fernandez stated.

“At the very least my gamers realized that we’re crew with the best way we performed [against the Knights] and hopefully we proceed to enhance on that,’’ he added.

Duel vs Mapua

The Lions fells to No. 3 with a 7-2 report behind the Knights (9-0) and Cardinals (7-2).

The winner of the San Beda-St. Benilde conflict advances to the semifinals towards Mapua. The loser drops to a different layer of the play-in, the place it faces the winner of the Perpetual-Arellano duel.

The younger Altas wound up at No. 5 regardless of having the identical report (4-5) with the Chiefs.

“Most of our gamers are coming off from highschool with only a few veterans, so it’s an achievement for Perpetual to achieve this far,’’ stated Altas coach Myk Saguiguit. “We’re nonetheless within the means of rebuilding and we are able to see that what we intend to perform is slowly taking place.’’ added Saguiguit.

Each play-in video games can be held at Filoil Flying V Enviornment, which has already accepted followers.

“It’s totally different if you play in entrance of a crowd. The gamers grow to be extremely motivated,’’ stated Arellano coach Cholo Martin.

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