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(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon – CEU vs Diliman
2 p.m. – UB vs Olivarez
Centro Escolar University tries to firm up its bid for the No. 1 seed in the semis when it goes for a repeat over Diliman College today in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
The CEO Scorpions defeated the Blue Dragons, 75-59, in the first round, but coach Yong Garcia is treating the game like a do-or-die, knowing their rivals have what it takes to pull off an upset.
“This is not the best time to play a relax game, we have to play as hard as we can to sustain our streak,” said Garcia.
CEU took the first semis berth in the seven-team tournament with a runaway 98-57 win over University of Batangas last Thursday.
The win – the team’s 8th straight in as many outings – put the Scorpions in good position to clinch the top seeding.
CEU’s breezy win over UB gave its second unit the confidence it needed as Lorenz Guinitaran grabbed the limelight after scoring a team-high 20 points while Nigerian slotman Ebuka Umeanozie added eight points and four rebounds.
Expected to lead CEU are Rod Ebondo, Jason Opiso and Samboy de Leon.
Clashing at 2 p.m. are UB and Olivarez College with the latter out to nail its sixth win.