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(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon – CDSL vs Diliman College
2 p.m. – UB vs CEU
Winless Batangas U gives it a try.
Centro Escolar University tries to extend its impressive winning run to eight games when it battles winless University of Batangas today even as Diliman College seeks revenge against Colegio De San Lorenzo in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
After completing a six-game sweep of the first round, the CEU Scorpions, led by import Rod Ebondo, Art Patrick Aquino and John Karlo Casiño started their second round campaign with an 81-65 rout of the CDSL Griffins, a win which they hope to use as another motivation when they clash with the UB Brahmans at 2 p.m.
Owned by former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, the DC Blue Dragons battle the Griffins at 12 noon with the former out to avenge their crushing 81-51 defeat in the first round.
The Griffins are tied for fourth to fifth places with the Bulacan State University Gold gears with similar 3-4 cards while the Blue Dragons dropped to 6th place with a 2-4 card.
CEU coach Yong Garcia was not happy with the way they played the last time as they needed a big third quarter onslaught before they finally took the fight out of the Griffins.
That’s the reason why he’s challenging his boys to be consistent which he said is the trademark of a champion team.
“You can’t be a champion team without being consistent in both the offensive and defensive ends,” said Garcia, who reportedly gave his boys a dressing down after their slow and tentative start the last time.
The team managed only 29 points in the first two quarters, and worst of all, they allowed the Griffins to score the same.
But everything fell into place for the Scorpions in the third where they exploded for 30 points while limiting their rivals to just 10 minutes.
“That’s the attitude I want from them,” added Garcia. “Hot from start to end.”v