August 04, 2022

St. Clare tries to finish off UST to earn quick entry to Final Four

ADALEM Construction-St. Clare aims to progress to the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals at the expense of the red-hot Builders Warehouse-UST Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Gaining the no. 3-seed that comes with a twice-to-beat advantage, the Saints understand how crucial it is to capitalize on this incentive as they look forward to a potential clash against idle no. 2-seed EcoOil-La Salle.

But standing in its way is the streaking Growling Tigers which booked the last playoff ticket with an 89-81 stunner over Wangs Basketball @26-Letran.

"The way UST is playing right now, they're on a roll so kailangang mag-prepare kami nang mabuti para sa kanila," said Adalem-St. Clare coach Jinino Manansala who will rely on the likes of NAASCU MVP Johnsherick Estrada and Joshua Fontanilla for the 11 a.m. game.

Interim coach Albert Alocillo, for his part, is just elated with how the likes of Sherwin Concepcion, Nic Cabanero, and Kean Baclaan have stepped up to the plate in its last three wins to make this late charge to the top six.

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"Ibig sabihin kaya pala talaga namin maglaro. Siguro sa ngayon, maganda yung momentum namin and magandang motivation para sa amin ito," he said.

The Saints narrowly escaped the threat from the Growling Tigers, 87-86, last July 21. (RL)