Arellano University eyes best record going into Final 4 of NCAA (Sports)

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

MANILA, Oct. 7 – Already considered the Cinderella team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Arellano University shoots for best record going into the Final Four when it battles Lyceum on Wednesday in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

After failing to make it past the elimination round in their first five seasons, the Chiefs have zoomed to the top and will stay there if they could hurdle an already eliminated Lyceum side at the 4 p.m. main game.

Arellano U slew a once mighty San Beda, 78-76, Saturday to book its first-ever trip to the Final Four while snatching a twice-to-beat edge along the way.

If the Chiefs ended up beating the Pirates, a team long out of it all with a 6-11 (win-loss) record, they will go into the post-season with the best record in the league with a 14-4 mark while relegating the Lions to No. 2 with a 13-5 card.

And for Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera, their recent feats are something they never thought would happen.

"It's a dream come true," he said.

A loss though will zap the Chiefs out it and send them into a playoff for the No. 1 spot with the skidding Lions, with whom the latter split their two matches this year.

College of St. Benilde, for its part, hopes to stay alive in the Final Four race as it tangles with a proud Letran squad at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals outlasted the seven-man Cardinals, 87-76, on Monday and will be aiming to beat the Knights, who are going all-out for a win and improve its 8-9 mark, to set up a knockout duel with the Perpetual Help Altas (12-6) on Friday.

The winner of the St. Benilde-Perpetual showdown will then play Jose Rizal University, which already nailed a Final Four spot over San Sebastian, 82-77, Monday for emerging with the best quotient among the three, on Saturday for the No. 3 position.

A loss though will be goodbye season to the Blazers. (PNA)

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