CENTRO Escolar University and Diliman College dispute the No. 1 seeding in the semis at the close of the double-round eliminations on Thursday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College in Parañaque City.
The teams already assured of twice-to-beat bonuses in the semis, the 12 p.m. will determine their semifinals rivals. The winner will take on No.4 Technological Institute of the Philippines.
They can also use the match as gauge of their improvement since their first round meeting on Sept. 20.
The CEU Scorpions handily won that match, 88-61, with Pierce Chan, Rich Guinitaran and 6-foot-11 Senegalese Maodo Malick Diouf showing the way.
“We are here not just to make the twice-to-beat slot. Getting the No. 1 spot is our immediate goal," said CEU coach Derrick Pumaren.
That victory over Dilimanwas part of CEU’s 10-game winning run or since absorbing a shock 86-83 defeat to the Olivarez College Sea Lions in the opener.
The Diliman Blue Dragons also made a huge run since that setback, winning their next eight games – the latest an 82-61 romp of Lyceum Batangas.
Clashing in a no-bearing game at 2 p.m. are Lyceum Batangas and St. Joseph