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Now in finals, Arellano coach Codiñera compares Perpetual Help, San Beda

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--The Arellano Chiefs booked the first seat in the NCAA men's basketball finals, but they have to wait until Tuesday for their opponents as the Perpetual Help Altas cancelled the San Beda Red Lions' twice-to-beat advantage and sent their Final Four series to a decider.

Coach Jerry Codiñera, in an interview with the media after the Arellano-Mapua game, looked at what both Perpetual Help and San Beda can offer.

"Yung Perpetual, [may] dalawang super-imports yun (Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze). Then, they have five strong locals (Gab Dagangon, Daryl Singontiko, AJ Coronel, GJ Ylagan, and Keith Pido). Meron silang veterans na capable.... Anytime, they can explode. Dangerous sila na team. We don't expect them to win. Then biglang nanalo," the former PBA "defense minister" said of the Altas, who entered the semifinals as the fourth seed.

"Yung Beda naman, of course yung culture and history. They beat us twice," he said about the top-seeded Red Lions on the other hand.

Perpetual Help and San Beda meet again for the right to face Arellano in the best-of-three championship round at 4 p.m. of Tuesday at the said venue.

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