MORE than two months since its shock defeat, Centro Escolar University gets the chance to redeem itself when it faces Olivarez College on Thursday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Game time is at 12 p.m. with the Scorpions determined to avenge their 86-83 defeat to the Sea Lions on Sept. 6 in a game they controlled early until the host school made a late run to snatch the win.
The Scorpions quickly recovered from that defeat as they won their next nine games to put themselves in a position to claim one of two twice-to-beat advantages in the semifinals.
Also going for its 10th win in 11 games is Diliman Colleges which is going to take on Lyceum of Batangas at 2 p.m. in the event 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.
With an 8-2 mark, the Sea Lions can clinch the twice-to-beat advantage if they win their two remaining matches, including Thursday's showdown with the Scorpions.
The other semifinalist is Technological Institute of the Philippines with a 6-4 mark.
Leading the Scorpions anew are John Rojas, Rich Guinitaran and Orlan Wamar who combined for 55 points in the team’s 95-76 win over the also-ran Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas last week.