CENTRO Escolar University and Colegio de San Lorenzo, the top two teams after the double-round elims, look to arrange a title showdown the quickest possible way as they go up against their respective semis rivals on Monday in the 2nd Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
The top-seeded CEU Scorpions, the reigning titlists, collide with No. 4 Diliman College Blue Dragons at 2 p.m.
The CdSL Griffins collide with the Olivarez College Sea Lions at 12 p.m., with the second seeded squad out to reaffirm its mastery over the host school.
CEU and CdSL are armed with twice-to-beat advantages after posting 13-1 and 12-2 records, respectively, in the 8-team double round eliminations.
The CEU-Diliman duel is quite interesting since the Blue Dragons handed the Scorpions their lone defeat – a 59-56 decision in the first round.
CEU coach Yong Garcia is confident the team led by Orlan Wamar, Judel Fuentes and lanky wingman Rich Guinitaran will go all the way to the top, but warned his boys against complacency, saying: “We know what they (Blue Dragons) are capable of doing so we cannot afford to put our guards down.”
Led by do-it-all Benin native Soulemane Chabi Yo, the CdSl Griffins hardly encountered trouble in beating the Sea Lions twice in the elims but CdSL coach Boni Garcia is not discounting the possibility of a tight and wild finish this time.
“Every time you play against Olivarez, you’re going to have a difficult time since they are enjoying a homecourt advantage. For sure, their supporters will go all out so we must have to do our part not to let them get involved,” said Garcia.
The Griffins, coming off a 69-57 loss to the Scorpions in the battle for No. 1 seed, will lean on Noy Bermudes, Dwight Saguiguit, Paulo Castro and Richmon Sunga as they try to bounce back and stop the Sea Lions in one game.