(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon-TIP vs CEU
2 p.m. – BSU vs San Lorenzo
Centro Escolar University romped to an 88-60 win over University of Batangas, to gain a piece of the lead in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
The CEU Scorpions led by just two points (20-18) in the first 10 minutes but outscored the Brahmans in the next frame, 24-14, to take the half, 44-32, behind the efforts of Carlo Casino, Ehsan Veron, Oliver Arim and Jason Opiso.
CEU held UB to just 11 points in the third to build a commanding 67-43 lead.
With the win, the Scorpions tied idle the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers for the lead at 2-0.
CEU faces TIP on Monday in a showdown between the title favorites in the tournament sponsored by Euro-Med and Lamoiyan Corp.
“We have a slow start. Good thing the boys overcame the predicament and played well in the final half. We are prepared for this tourney, but we have still so many things to improve. That’s what we are going to work on the rest of the tourney,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia.
Aside from their impressive shooting, Garcia also credited their pressure defense for the win, especially in the final half where they forced the Brahmans to commit numerous turnovers.
CEU’s winning margin was the largest so far in the tournament – thanks to a well-balanced attack. They took their biggest lead at 29 points (85-53) on a Veron jumper.
In the second game, Olivarez College thwarted a late rally by Diliman College to pull off a 72-64 win and improve to 2-1 slate.
Provil Bermudez and Vin Belaso starred for the Sea Lions as they scored clutch baskets down the stretch to end Diliman’s rally.
CEU 88 – Casino 13, Veron 12, Arim 11, Opiso 10, Fuentes 8, De Leon S. 8, De Leon K. 6, Aquino 6, Ebondo 5, Manlanguit 4, Quiminales 2, Guinitaran 2, Wamar 0.
UB 60 – Calacalsada 13, Gotam 8, Abanador 8, Gabriel 7, Pericas 6, Pentinio 6, Arboleda 4, Heidelburg 3, Cervantes 3, Contorno 2, Yemili 0, Ocampo 0.
Quarters: 20-18, 44-32, 67-43, 88-60.
Olivarez 72 – Bermudez 19, Belaso 10, Singh 9, Solis 8, Rabe 6,Geronimo 4, Uduba 4, Sunga 3, Rabusa 3, Saguiguit 2, Almejada 2, Sala
2, Diaz 0.
Diliman 64 – Journacion 17, Brutas 14, Terrado 11, Somberto 9, Bauzon 4, Mondala 3, Tay, Cecilio 2, Handag 2, Alfaro0, Corpuz .0
Quarters: 26-13, 40-21,59-42, 72-64