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NCAA: San Beda Coach Believes St. Benilde will win title, Lyceum mentor sees exciting final


Letran and the big stars of St.  Benilde scrambled for the spot.  –NCAA photo

Letran and the big stars of St. Benilde scrambled for the spot. –NCAA photo

MANILA, Philippines—The coaches of San Beda and Lyceum, both teams who missed out on the Finals, have made their decision on the upcoming NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball championship round to begin. on Tuesday.

Red Lions coach Yuri Escueta believes that St. Benilde will do her best to win the elusive NCAA title.

“I think it’s the CSB. In addition to being well coached, you can see how the players trust their attack and defense system,” Escueta said after San Beda fell prey to the Blazers, 62-61.

“They have people who can make tough shots, especially talented players like (Will) Gozum and (Migs) Oczon,” he added.

Oczon led St.Benilde’s game against his San Beda with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

On the other hand, Gozum added to his MVP bid with another double of 10 markers and 11 bounces.

On the other hand, Lyceum tactician Gilbert Malabanan offered a much safer answer.

“They are all good teams. Letran has championship experience and on the other hand, Benilde is playing well in their game. I think it’s going to be an interesting final,” Malabanan said after losing to defending champion Letran 67-58.

Without giving a definite answer, Malabanan also predicted the series would go far and hit three games.

The best of three games between the Knights and the Blazers will begin Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

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