CENTRO Escolar University extended its streak to nine games with a 95-76 win over Philippine Christian University, regaining a share of the lead in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 3 at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Protecting a slim 76-70 lead early in the fourth, Orlan Wamar touched off a quick 8-2 run to take the fight out of the Dolphins.
Aside from tying the Diliman College Blue Dragons for the lead, the Scorpions boosted their bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.
It was also a big boost ahead of the match with first-round tormentor Olivarez College on Thursday.
After Olivarez College, CEU faces Diliman College on Nov. 22.
The Scorpions lost to the Sea Lions, 86-83, in the opener but quickly recovered and have won nine straight in the seven-team tournament backed by CaféFrance, Yakult, Gerry’s Grill, Hapee Toothpaste, MaxSell Power Tool and Tough Mama Home and Kitchen Appliances, Tanduay Athletics and Toyota Motor Philippines.
The Sea Lions have already qualified for the semis with an 8-2 mark.
John Rojas led the Scorpions with 21 points on an impressive 8-of-10 shooting, Rich Guinataran added 19 and Wamar scored 15.