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Blazers eager for some red-hot action following three rained-out games

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By WAYLON GALVEZ

Games Today (The Arena, San Juan)
10 a.m. – Mapua vs EAC (Jrs)
12 n.n. – Arellano vs CSB (Jrs)
2 p.m. – Mapua vs EAC (Srs)
4 p.m. – Arellano vs CSB (Srs)

 

Benilde's Carlo Young (right) and Justin Gutang (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

After missing two games due to a knee injury, College of St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, left, is expected to play against Arellano University. (MB photo/Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

After three cancelled games, College of St. Benilde is raring to get some action as it eyes a share of the lead when it tangles with Arellano University in NCAA Season 95 Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The last time CSB played was on July 30 when it downed San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 77-72. Since then, the Blazers had sat through three rained-out games.

The Blazers-Chiefs showdown is at 4 p.m. after the 2 p.m. encounter featuring the Mapua Cardinals and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 4 p.m.

Mapua is fresh from a 73-64 win against Arellano U last Saturday for the team’s first win that snapped a five-game skid, tying the Cardinals and EAC for eighth place.

Focus, however, is on St. Benilde since the Blazers are looking to share the helm with defending three-time champion San Beda University, which moved up solo over the weekend with a 5-0 card following a 70-66 victory over archrival Letran at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

St. Benilde will have center Justin Gutang back in lineup after missing the previous game, and coach TY tang said the suspension of games gave the veteran player time to rest and recover from a knee injury.

“We expect him to be play against Arellano. We didn’t play for almost two weeks, and that gave him time to recover,” said Tang.

The league has already cancelled three games this month.

In the three playing dates, all these involved CSB matches. The Blazers were supposed to face the Red Lions last Aug. 2, the Knights on Aug. 6 and the Bombers of Jose Rizal University last Friday.

Tang said that they continued scrimmaging in the hopes of correcting mistakes in their first four games.

“We just kept on practicing during that two-week period. Now it’s time for us to buckle down to work. We expect a tough game against Arellano – nothing is easy here in the league. We always have to grind it out,” added Tang.

Arellano, on the other hand, has not tasted victory since an 86-77 triumph versus EAC late last month as the Chiefs lost a close fight against the Perpetual Help Altas last July 30, 75-73, and to the Cardinals.

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