DILIMAN College hopes to sustain its impressive winning run while defending champion Centro Escolar University tries to get back on track when they go up against separate rivals on Thursday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 2 at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
The Diliman Blue Dragons collide with the Bulacan State University Gold Gears at 12 p.m. with the former out to follow up their 59-56 win over the CEU Scorpions on Saturday.
Diliman’s victory created a three-way for the lead with the Blue Dragons tying their victims and the Colegio de San Lorenzo Griffins for the lead – all with similar 6-1 marks.
CEU is heavily favored to repeat over University of Batangas at 2 p.m.
“My players are on the groove right now and it’s just a matter of sustaining it,” said Diliman coach Rensy Bajar, who will once again lean on Senegalese center Adama Diakhite and top John Bauzon, Joseph Brutas and Rickson Gerero.
Diakhite emerged triumphant in his much showdown with the CEU’s Rod Ebondo.
“If we want to duplicate what we achieve last year, our locals should provide Rod the needed support on both ends. Our import can only do so much especially when we’re up against the top teams,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia.
Looking to stop Ebondo is Cameroonian big man Raoul Yemeli, who’s been playing consistently despite the Brahmans’ struggles.