DILIMAN College tries to get back on the winning track while Olivarez College eyes revenge when they battle separate rivals on Monday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League in Parañaque City.
Up against the also-ran University of Batangas Brahmans, the Diliman Blue Dragons are confident they can end a four-game slide in their 2 p.m. showdown.
“We cannot afford to go into the playoffs on a downward spiral. As much as possible, we have to be on our sharpest form and that could start by winning our next matches,” said Diliman coach Rensy Bajar.
Diliman (7-5) will lean on Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite, who is expected to produce huge numbers just like in their 70-65 win over the Brahmans in the first round.
The Olivarez Sea Lions, on the other hand, have two objectives in their 12 p.m. showdown with Colegio de San Lorenzo.
Aside from trying to bounce back from a stinging 67-64 win over the league-leading Centro Escolar University Scorpions last Saturday, the Sea Lions are also determined to avenge their 86-72 defeat to the Griffins the last time.
But it won’t be easy as the Griffins are eager to notch their 11th win in 13 games.
The Griffins are looking to gain a share of the lead with the Scorpions.