COLEGIO De San Lorenzo clinched the fourth and last semifinal berth in grand fashion, crushing University of Batangas, 88-49, in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League on Saturday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque City.
With Charles Callano and Dominic Formento leading the way, the CDSL Griffins came through with several mini-runs in the second quarter to turn what was expected to be a dogfight with the UB Brahmans into a walk in the park.
After a slow start that saw them take just a 19-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Griffins outscored their rivals 30-9 for a commanding 49-23 advantage.
It was all Griffins show from there as Irvin Ancheta joined the scoring spree to help maintain their lead.
The Griffins now face a tough task against twice-to-beat top seeds Centro Escolar University Scorpions.
Clashing in the other semis pairing are No. 2 Technological Institute of the Philippines and No. 3 Olivarez College.
The TIP Engineers also enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over the Olivarez Sea Lions.
Callano scored 21 points, Formento added 20 and Ancheta chipped in with 14 points.
Diliman College ended a six-game losing run with a 90-68 drubbing of Bulacan State University in the first game.
John Bauzon led the Diliman Blue Dragons with 21 points while Joseph Brutas and Peter Cecilio combined for 34 points.