DILIMAN College and Olivarez College square off on Thursday determined to stay withing striking distnce of the frontrunners in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 2 at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
The Diliman Blue Dragons and the Olivarez Sea Lions clash at 12 p.m., with the former out to pick up from where they left off the last time out and the latter out to extend their winning run to three games after dropping their first two.
Responding to the challenge of coach Rensy Bajar, the Blue Dragons got back on the winning track with an 81-66 conquest of struggling Bulacan State University.
Centro Escolar University leads with a 5-0 record, with Colegio de San Lorenzo in second at 5-1 followed by Diliman College (3-1) and Olivarez College (2-2).
“The good thing about my players is they are willing to continue to learn. We suffered a reality check against CdSL, but the guys made the right adjustments against BulSU. That’s a great sign for a young team like us,” he said.
Senagalese big man Adama Diakhite is expected to be a marked man after posting 38 points, 18 boards and eight blocks in their massive win over the BSU Gold Gears.
Newcomer Lyceum-Batangas, meantime, tries to nail its second straight win when it faces skidding Technological Institute of the Philippines at 2 p.m.
Lyceum-Batangas snapped a three-game skid with a thrilling 88-84 win over University of Batangas and coach Danilo Acero is confident his charges can sustain their winning form.
But the Pirates are expected to have their hands full against the well-rested Engineers, who are eager to stop a two-game slide and are coming off a 10-day break.