COLEGIO de San Lorenzo hopes to close out its first round schedule the way it started as it battles Bulacan State University on Monday even as Diliman College tries to sustain its impressive run in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 2 at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Their five-game winning run halted a week ago by defending champion Centro Escolar University, 82-76, the CDSL Griffins collide with the Gold Gears of Bulacan State University at 2 p.m.
A victory over BulSU, which has lost its last four games, will enable CdSL to stay close with the pace-setting Centro Escolar University.
“We learned in a painful way against CEU that we still have plenty of room for improvement. I’m hoping that my players realized what they failed to do last time and put to good use whatever lesson they gained,” said CdSL coach Boni Garcia.
The Diliman Blue Dragons go for their third straight win and fifth overall in six games against the Lyceum-Batangas Pirates at 12 p.m.
The Blue Dragons are favored, with Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite expected to dominate the shaded lane against an all-Filipino Lyceum-Batangas frontline.
Diliman coach Rensy Bajar, however, refused to count the Brahmans out.
“We cannot take them lightly. We should play with the same intensity that we are showing when we’re going up against the league’s heavyweights.”
The Gold Gears, led by reigning league MVP Dominck Fajardo and import David Adebola, must play a sense of urgency if they intend to keep themselves in the hunt for playoff berths.