And then they were four.
Chang Kai Shek College, Ama Computer University, Ateneo-Team A and La Salle-Greenhills advanced to the Final Four after hurdling past their respective rivals in the Elite Eight of the Seaoil-NBTC Elite Basketball League recently at the Xavier University Gym.
Jeric Ang finished with 23 points and led Chang Kai Shek to a thrilling 64-56 overtime win over San Sebastian.
Ama Computer and De La Salle-Zobel also engaged in a tightly-fought battle in this 12-and-under event being organized by the National Basketball Training Center.
In the end, Ama, being handled by Mark Herrera, prevailed over De La Salle Zobel, 62-59.
Billy Tonedo erupted for 30 points and nearly single-handedly carried Ama Computer to a gripping victory.
Ateneo and La Salle-Greenhills easily dispatched their respective foes. The Eaglets ran roughshod over Lourdes School, 56-42, while the Junior Archers dumped the San Beda Red Cubs-Rizal, 71-50.
Joel Santos led the way for the Green Archers with 17 points.