Mapua University wants a share of the lead while University of the Philippines (UP) eyes to extend its winning streak when they clash against separate foes in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup today at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
The Cardinals take on University of the East (UE) at 4:30 p.m. while the Fighting Maroons battle Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) at 12:30 p.m.
Carrying a perfect 4-0 win-loss record, Mapua looks to join De La Salle University at the top in Group A.
Atoy Co and his Intramuros-based squad cruised to a fourth win without breaking a sweat after University of Perpetual Help System DALTA failed to show up in their scheduled match.
Mapua’s last actual game ended with an 87-82 win over National University behind Lawrence Victoria’s endgame heroics last May 2.
UE, on the other hand, is raring to snap a three-game losing skid following an opening game triumph.
The No. 8 Red Warriors are aching to redeem themselves after a slim 60-63 loss to Gilas Pilipinas Cadets last week.
Meanwhile, UP (3-3) goes for a fourth consecutive victory against the winless EAC (0-4) on the same group.
The Maroons, who are tied with National University at No. 5, want a repeat of their 77-63 thrashing of Perpetual.
In Group B games, streaking San Sebastian College-Recoletos (3-1) tangle with Colegio de San Juan de Letran (3-2) at 6:30 p.m. while Adamson University (3-1) tries to establish a new streak as it faces the already eliminated Jose Rizal University (0-6).
In juniors play, Mapua-Malayan High School and San Beda High School open the hostilities in the second group at 10 a.m.
MT / BY JEREMIAH SEVILLA ON