KENT Salado is a doubtful starter when Arellano University presses its stand for the remaining Final Four berth against University of Perpetual Help System Dalta today in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Coach Jerry Codiñera said Salado’s status is “50-50” when the Chiefs gun for their third consecutive win in their 2 p.m. clash with the Altas.
Salado hurt his right knee early in the fourth quarter in Arellano’s 85-79 victory over San Sebastian last Tuesday.
Salado has been doing almost everything for the Chiefs as he leads the league in points (19) and assists (5) and tied for No. 4 in steals (1.3).
When Salado went down, Arellano drew strength from unlikely heroes in Levi dela Cruz and Richard Abanes, who came through to lead their team to victory.
If Salado is not 100 percent in game shape, this will put the Chiefs’ semifinal bid in peril.
With a 7-9 card, Arellano is trailing idle Letran (8-8) by a game in the race for the No. 4 slot in the semifinals.
Perpetual Help has nothing left to fight for except pride, as the Altas are simply eyeing to improve their 4-11 card.
Emilio Aguinaldo College and College of Saint Benilde clash in the day’s other game at 4 p.m.
Clinging at a 6-10 record, the Generals would need to sweep their last two games including against Perpetual Help on Oct. 17 and hope that no fourth team gets into the nine-win mark.
Lyceum of the Philippines University (16-0), defending champion San Beda (15-1) and Jose Rizal University (11-6) have already clinched the first three slots in the playoff round.