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TIP, Olivarez in KO match

Game Today
(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 noon – Olivarez vs TIP

Early qualifier CEU waits in the wings.

After getting an extra day to live, Olivarez College vowed to give it all when it faces Technological Institute of the Philippines in a do-or-die duel showdown for the seconds finals berth today in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL)at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Banking on a furious second quarter attack, the Olivarez Sea Lions wiped out a five-point first quarter deficit and coasted to a 70-53 win over the Engineers – who came into game armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

Centro Escolar University and TIP claimed twice-to-beat advantages in the semis after finishing 1-2 after the double-round elims with an 11-1 and 8-4 records, respectively.

The winner in the Olivarez-TIP showdown will face the CEU Scorpions in a best-of-three series starting on Monday.

Behind a well-balanced attack, the Scorpions claimed the first finals slot with a masterful 99-57 win over the Colegio de San Lorenzo Griffins.

Coming into the game emboldened by a 65-63 win over the Scorpions in the last playing day of the elims, the Sea Lions showed steely resolve as they refused to panic despite another tentative start.

But when their offensive rhythm got going, the Sea Lions, led by Albert Rabe, Lawrence Udoba and Pruvil Bermudez, unleashed a mighty 25-9 run in the second frame to take a 35-24 halftime lead.

The win over TIP was the first for Olivarez in three meetings, and coach Michael Saguiguit is hoping it will not be their last.