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Mapua and San Beda arranged a championship showdown in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament after taking contrasting paths to the finals.
The top-seeded Cardinals claimed the first title berth after dispatching the St. Benilde Blazers in one game, while the Red Lions needed to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage of the No. 2 Lyceum Pirates.
Here’s the best-of-three series schedule:
GAME 1: December 6, Wednesday, 2 pm, Mall of Asia Arena
GAME 2: December 10, Sunday, 2 pm, Mall of Asia Arena
GAME 3: December 17, Sunday, 2 pm, Araneta Coliseum
FINAL FOUR KNOCKOUT
San Beda and Lyceum go at it one more time as they battle for the last finals berth in the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament.
San Beda vs Lyceum: Friday, December 1, 3 pm, Araneta Coliseum
The winner will advance to the best-of-three championship series against Mapua, the top seed that claimed the first title berth after ousting St. Benilde. (READ: Mapua boots CSB to book NCAA finals trip; San Beda drags LPU to rubber match )
The race for the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball crown has been trimmed down to four teams, with Mapua, Lyceum, San Beda, and St. Benilde making up the semifinal cast.
Armed with a twice-to-beat bonus, top seed Mapua Cardinals ramp up their bid for their first NCAA title since 1991 as they face the St. Benilde Blazers in the Final Four.
Led by MVP frontrunner Clint Escamis, the Cardinals ended the elimination round on a sizzling six-game winning streak, while the Blazers barely reached the semifinals as the fourth seed.
In the other semifinal bracket, the second seed Lyceum Pirates look to capitalize on their win-once incentive against the No. 3 San Beda Red Lions in a bid to inch closer to their first-ever league championship.
Entering the Final Four, though, momentum favors a Red Lions side that is coming off a four-game winning streak as the Pirates lost two of their last four matches.
Here is the Final Four schedule:
Here is the final elimination round standings: