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    Griffins hope to stop the bleeding and turn back Sea Lions in UCBL semifinals

    Nov 22, 2017

    COLEGIO de San Lorenzo and Olivarez College clash in a knockout match on Thursday in the 2nd Universities and Colleges Basketball League semifinals at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Paranaque City.

    The third seeded Olivarez Sea Lions forced a sudden death in their semis duel with the Griffins following a 74-69 win on Monday.

    Gametime is at 12 p.m. with Olivarez out to beat CdSL for the second straight time in four days and set up a title rematch with defending champion Centro Escolar University.

    The CEU Scorpions secured the first finals berth with 90-86 overtime win over Diliman College also last Monday.

    CEU and CdSL had twice-to-beat advantages in the semis after finishing 1-2 in the two-round elims.

    “We’re halfway done from completing our immediate job. So I’m hoping my players will do their part in order for us to make it back to the finals,” said Olivarez College coach Mike Saguiguit.

    The Griffins are looking to check a two-game skid — they also lost the Scorpions, 69-57, on the final day of eliminations.

    CdSL coach Boni Garcia sees a wild finish, saying: “Both teams are even now in terms of where we’re standing at right now. It’s a win-or-go home for both of us. I just hope that my guys can respond to the challenge.”



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