By Bobby Rondez, Correspondent
DEFENDING champion San Sebastian College and
Letran, two teams which have figured in a number of fierce title
match in the NCAA seniors basketball renewed their rivalry as the
Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series starts today at
the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Knights downed Mapua Cardinals in their
semifinal bout, 72-66, while the Stags trounced Jose Rizal
University, 81-73, to arrange their championship match.
The Stags and the Knights begin their quest for
the title at 4 p.m. with San Sebastian slightly favored in the short
series having beaten Letran twice in the elimination round.
But the last time these two teams met, which was
on 1998, the Intramuros-based dribblers swept the Stags, 2-0.
�Kung aling team ang may mas desire na manalo,
�yun ang may malaking tsansa na mag-uwi ng title. At ito ang gusto
kong sabihin sa players ko,� said San Sebastian coach Turo
Valenzona, who is in his 15th final appearance.
Valenzona authored the Stags� unpre�sidented
five straight championships and is looking to build another dynasty
as the veteran mentor tries to power the Recoletos to their third
For Letran, the win in the crucial Game 1 will
move them closer to the title which they last won in 1999 under
coach Binky Favis.
�Ibang istorya na sa championship. Maybe
they beat us twice in the eliminations, pero may pride ang mga
player ko,� said Knights head coach Louie Alas.
Alas will lean anew on the shooters Ronjay
Enrile and Jonathan Aldave and playmaker Boyet Bautista, while San
Sebastian�s game will anchored on Most Valuable Leomar Najorda.
Najorda will be supported by bigmen Pep Moore
and Michael Gonzales, Redentor Vicente and Christian Baluyot.