Games Today (Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon – Olivarez vs CEU
2 p.m. – Diliman vs TIP
Centro Escolar University looks to end the two-round elims undefeated when they clash with Olivarez College today in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
The mighty CEU squad collides with the host squad at 12 noon with the former going for their 12th win in the seven-team tournament.
While they acknowledged CEU’s vaunted offense – not to mention its vast experience – the Olivarez Sea Lions are eager to avenge their 76-61 defeat in the first round.
The Sea Lions put on a courageous fight during their first meeting, leading 35-31 at halftime and were just down by four points (53-49) going into the final quarter before the Scorpions went on a scoring rampage.
To have a better chance, the Sea Lions should find ways to contain the 6-foot-6 Rod Ebondo, who erupted for 26 points aside from pulling down 15 boards.
Olivarez is using its game with CEU as a warm up before its semis showdown with Technological Institute of the Philippines on Wednesday. Both CEU and TIP (8-3) enjoy twice-to-beat privileges over their semis rivals. The Scorpions will face the Colegio De San Lorenzo Griffins in the other semis pairing.