Diliman 8-1, CEU 8-1, Olivarez 7-2, TIP 5-4, LPU-B 3-5, PCU-D 1-8, SJC-Bulacan 0-9
Games Thursday (Olivarez College gym):
12 noon – Diliman vs PCU-Dasmariñas
2 p.m. – LPU-B vs Olivarez
CENTRO Escolar University withstood the spirited challenge of Technological Institute of the Philippines, 80-76, and advanced to the semifinals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 3 yesterday at the Olivarez College in Parañaque City.
In a wild but exciting finish, the CEU Scorpions proved steadier down the stretch as Pierce Chan made a clutch basket in the last eight ticks to finally seal the deal.
CEU’s win was its 8th straight since dropping an 86-83 decision to Olivarez College in the opener, enough to secure the second semis berth and tie early semifinalist Diliman College for the lead.
Rich Guinitaran sizzled for 23 points while Orlan Wamar and Chan combined for 22 points as the Scorpions also boosted their bid for the twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.
Earlier, the Olivarez Sea Lionsrode on a fiery first quarter assault and coasted to a 94-78 win over Philippine Christian University to clinch a semis playoff.
Through the efforts of Mavrick Saguiguit and Lawrence Castro, the Olivarez Sea Lions raced to a 26-14 first quarter lead which proved huge enough for the Dolphins overcome.
Olivarez’s win was its 7th in 9 games, thus maintaining its hold of third place in the seven-team tournament now in the crucial stage of the double-round elims.
The Dolphins made their move in the third frame but the Sea Lions were not yet done, coming through with another big run to kick off the final quarter that practically scuttled their rivals’ rally.
Saguiguit led four Olivarez players with 20 points spiked by two triples while Castro and Mike Santos added 14 points apiece.
Olivarez coach Myk Saguiguit pointed to the team’s impressive shooting for the win as they made 38-of-72 from the field for 52 percent against only 37 percent (25-of-66) for the Dolphins.