PSSBC Matches
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Unbeaten teams San Beda and San Sebastian seek quarterfinal berths when they battle separate rivals today in the resumption of the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.

The NCAA champion Red Cubs collide with Letran at 10:30 a.m. before the Staglets meet Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Tournament titlist Chiang Kai Shek at 12 noon to usher the return of the high school cagefest from the holiday break.

Led by former Philippine U-16 team member Arvie Tolentino, NCAA Finals Most Valuable Player Javee Mocon and Alejandro Inigo, San Beda defeated Hope Christian School (95-91) and National University (81-77) in Group B.

Red Cubs coach Britt Reroma will also lean on guards Joseph Caracut, Rev Diputado and Radge Tongco in their bid to defeat the Squires in their first meeting since the NCAA Final Four. San Beda won, 61-57, in their semis showdown before sweeping San Sebastian in the finals for its 20th NCAA title.

Meanwhile, the Staglets blasted Xavier School, 108-98, before pulling off a stunning 66-58 victory over the Jerie Pingoy-led FEU-Diliman, champions of the UAAP.

Coach Raymund Valenzona has been drawing splendid plays from Alfren Gayosa, Michael Calisaan, Jon Macasaet and Onyok Velasco Jr. to pace SSC’s unbeaten start in Group A.

In other games, FEU tries to bounce back against Ateneo at 9 a.m. while NU seeks its first victory against Hope Christian at 1:30 p.m. Backing the event are Blackwater Sports, Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, and Hapee Toothpaste.