Over the last two NCAA seasons, Lyceum vs. San Beda is always must-see television.
However, the upcoming clash between the two powerhouses in NCAA Season 94 will be a little different.
For one, no team is going for a sweep. Lyceum's cloak of invincibility has been dashed and the Pirates enter with two regular season losses, which is two more than last season.
Second, no team is chasing for a twice-to-beat advantages. Following Thursday's games, both the Pirates and the Red Lions have pretty much clinched their respective playoff bonuses.
At least for the Pirates, the upcoming super clash between Lyceum and San Beda is all about pride and an opportunity to learn.
"It's going to be a dogfight. But at the end of the day it's gonna be fun because there's so much competition between us and San Beda but there's also so much respect," Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson said.
With Lyceum looking to win a breakthrough NCAA title, the Pirates are looking up to the San Beda dynasty on how to actually capture one.
The Red Lions of course, have dominated the league for over a decade.
San Beda's latest title came at the expense of the Pirates last season. Lyceum entered the Finals of Season 93 as undefeated challengers.
"It's big for us as a program, we really look up to them," Robinson said of San Beda.
"They were one of our role models on how a team should be run. It's always nice to play against the team that you idolize," he added.
The tremendous amount of respect Lyceum has on San Beda also means that the Pirates know how difficult it is to overcome the Red Lions.
After the Finals collapse last season, the Pirates know that their road to the title will go through San Beda one way or another.
That journey starts next week.
"We know how hard it is to beat them," Robinson said of the Red Lions.
"We know it's gonna bring the best out of us. Yun ang importante samin, whatever the result, it's always gonna bring the best out of our team," he addded.
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