Ateneo, La Salle eye Filoil semis showdown
Games on June 28 (Filoil Flying V Centre)
1 pm – St. Benilde vs UP
2:45 pm – San Beda vs Adamson
4 pm – La Salle vs FEU
7 pm – Ateneo vs Letran
MANILA, Philippines – The last 8 teams standing battle it out in a win-or-go-home scenario in the quarterfinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Thursday, June 28, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The surprising College of St. Benilde Blazers, who topped Group B with a 7-1 record, will take on the University of the Philippines, the Group A 4th seed, in the opening match at 1 pm.
CSB will have its hands full against a UP side that rebounded from 3 straight losses with 6 straight wins.
Along with the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eagles, UP is one of the hottest squads heading into the quarterfinals.
In the 2:45 pm offering, defending tournament champion San Beda University will face a tall and deep Adamson University squad.
The Red Lions’ late charge in the standings saw them pull down De La Salle from the second seed despite finishing with similar 7-2 slates. San Beda secured the No. 2 spot when it defeated the Green Archers, 72-70.
Adamson, on the other hand, had the opportunity to take the Group B top seed going into the last day of the elimination round. But CSB’s comeback win over San Sebastian rendered everything moot and academic.
La Salle will face off against heated rival Far Eastern University in the 4 pm match. The Green Archers have a potent mix of highly experienced veterans and talented newcomers. They will match wits and skill against a loaded FEU team.
In the 7 pm nightcap, Ateneo stakes its unbeaten 9-0 record against dangerous Letran that finished Group B competition with a 5-3 slate.
The Knights have the league’s leading scorer in Bong Quinto, who is averaging 20 points a game.
While Ateneo rules almost every statistical category on offense as well as defense, they are arriving from a European camp and jetlag and tiredness will be a concern.
The winners will meet in the semifinals on Friday, June 29, with the last two teams standing battling for the crown on Saturday, June 30.
Tickets to the games can be purchased at the venue gates. – Rappler.com