(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon – TIP vs CDSL
2 p.m. – UB vs Diliman College
Technological Institute of the Philippines hopes to formalize its entry into the semis when it battles Colegio De San Lorenzo today in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
Already assured of a playoff for the last semis berth, the Engineers shoot for win No. 7 against the Griffins at 12 noon in a game expected to generate more action than the first time they met.
The Engineers went through the wringer before beating the Griffins, 76-72, in the first round reason why TIP coach Potit de Vera sees another dramatic finish.
“It’s going to be tough for both of us (CDSL coach Boni Garcia) since a semis berth is at stake,” said de Vera. The game is more important for the Griffins since another defeat would push them on the brink of elimination.
The Engineers hold the third best 6-3 record while the Griffins are tied for fourth to fifth places with the Bulacan State University.
Unbeaten Centro Escolar University and Olivarez College have already booked their tickets to the semis with 10-0 and 7-3 record, respectively.
Meantime, University of Batangas tries to follow up its breakthrough 79-69 win over Bulacan State University last Saturday when it faces Diliman College.
The win ended UB’s 9-game losing streak while Diliman’s 80-63 defeat to Olivarez also last Saturday extended its run of futility to five games.