(Olivarez Sports Center,
12 noon – Dilimanvs Olivarez
2 p.m. – BulSU vs UB
Olivarez College goes for the second semis berth against Diliman College today while the surprising Bulacan State University tries to boost its own bid in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
Already assured of a playoff, the Olivarez Sea Lions are looking to clinch their seventh win in 10 starts when they clash with the Blue Dragons at 12 noon.
A repeat over the team that dropped their last four games would enable the Sea Lions to join the Centro Escolar University Dragons in the Final Four of the event presented by Euro-Med and Lamoiyan Corp.
The BSU Gold Gears, on the other hand, try to follow up their thrilling 85-84 win over the Colegio De San Lorenzo Griffins when they tangle with winless University of Batangas at 2 p.m.
With a 4-5 record, the Gold Gears must win their three remaining games to advance to the next round without going through a playoff with either Diliman or CDSL.
The CDSL Griffins have a 4-6 mark while the Blue Dragons tote a 2-6 mark.
Led by Provil Bermudez and Vin Belasco, the Sea Lions staved off Diliman’s last-gasp rally to pull off a 72-64 win in the first round.
Despite having a psychological advantage, the Sea Lions are not taking the Blue Dragons easily knowing the Renzy Bajar-mentored squad is fighting for its survival.
With only two wins in eight starts, the young Blue Dragons would be eliminated if they can’t stop Olivarez’s vaunted running game.