FEU, UST shoot for SSL Final Four berths
(UPDATE) FAR Eastern University (FEU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) shoot for quick Final Four tickets against separate counterparts in the Shakey's Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championships Season 2 quarterfinals on Saturday, October 28, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.
Equipped with twice-to-beat incentives, FEU and UST take on Ateneo and College of St. Benilde on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Defending champion National University (6-0) and UST (5-1) topped Pool E while FEU (5-1) and Adamson (5-1) led Pool F to clinch win-once bonuses in the quarterfinals with the Lady Tamaraws eyeing to be the first to make the most out of it.
Tagged as the favorite over the rebuilding and struggling Ateneo squad, a win by FEU would surpass its early quarterfinal exit last season in the SSL backed by Mikasa, Eurotel, Victory Liner, Summit Bottle Water, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, R and B Milk Tea, Potato Corner, Rebel Sports, Converge ICT Solutions, Genius Sports and United Auctioneers Inc.
«We need to be consistent. We treat each game as a must-win game. That's our mentality,» said coach Manolo Refugia.
The Lady Bulldogs echo the same mindset, keeping their thirst and hunger for more like the way they swept through the SSL opposition last year to capture the inaugural title.
Against all odds though, the handicapped squads at the bottom of the standings vow to give their adversaries a run for their own money to force deciding games and stay in contention.
Otherwise, they would be relegated in the classification matches as the four teams march on the knockout semis until the best-of-three finals for the Season 2 crown of the SSL in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.
All SSL Season 2 games are accessible across all platforms live and on-demand through the social media pages of Plus Network and SSL with Solar Sports, Blast TV and Aliw Channel 23 as TV partners.