Blazers try to end slide

Unique Naboa
Unique Naboa of College of St. Benilde will be at the forefront of the Blazers’ offense this afternoon against the Bombers. (Dennis Abrina, PJ)

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde tries to end a  two-game slide when it plays Jose Rizal University today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

But the Blazers will enter the 2 p.m. contest without coach TY Tang, who will serve his one-game suspension.

Tang was supposed to serve his sanction against Letran last Tuesday, but their game was called off due to bad weather. First assistant Charles Tiu will call the shots in Tang’s absence.

San Sebastian seeks to post its first three-game winning streak of the season as it plays Emilio Aguinaldo College in the other half of the doubleheader at 4 p.m.

After starting the tournament with five consecutive wins, St. Benilde bowed to last season’s finalists San Beda and Lyceum of the Philippines University, putting its capability of making it to the Final Four in question.

The Blazers suffered a blow as guard Jimbo Pasturan was ruled out for the rest of the season due to left dislocated shoulder.

The Bombers, for their part, aim to end the first round by surpassing their three-win total last year.

JRU hasn’t played since dropping a 63-83 decision to Mapua last Aug. 16. The Bombers are currently tied with the Cardinals at 3-5.

Overcoming a three-game losing streak and a suspension slapped on coach Egay Macaraya, the Stags are back in the Final Four conversation, as they trail the fourth-running Knights (5-3) by just half-a-game.

Behind Allyn Bulanadi’s career-high 31 points, San Sebastian topped University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 107-90, for a 4-3 card.

Playing with a lot of confidence, the Stags are tipped to prevail over the Generals, who have lost six in a row after an early season reversal of the Pirates.