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    Diliman College, University of Batangas dispute first-round pennant in UCBL

    Oct 6, 2019

    DEFENDING champion Diliman College and University of Batangas dispute the first-round pennant while Centro Escolar University hopes to extend its win run in the PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.

    Bidding to become the first back-to-back champions of the league, the Diliman Blue Dragons stake their perfect 6-0 record at 4 p.m. against a team aching to rebound from a stinging 84-78 defeat to the Olivarez College Sea Lions on Sept. 26.

    CEU, meantime, kicks off another triple bill when it faces Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas at 12 noon while National College of Business and Arts hopes to nail its first win when it collides with Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas at 2 p.m.

    UB’s defeat ended a dream start that saw the Brahmans win their first five games to install themselves as a strong Final Four contender in the eight-team tournament now on its fourth season.

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    The Blue Dragons have been playing great guns of late, having clobbered the 6-man CEU, 92-62, also last Sept. 26 before they overwhelmed Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, 88-62, four days back.

    Out to lead the Rensy Bajar-mentored Diliman College are forward Johnnel Rey Bauzon and Robbi Darang while UB coach Arnold Contorio will once again rely on Don Tabol, JJ Caspe and Cameroonian Kenne Raoul Yemeli.

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    The winner in the Diliman-UB match will end up as No. 1 and will lead Group I in the next phase of the elims along with the third, fifth and seventh placers.

    The No. 2 team, along with the fourth, sixth and 8th placers will comprise Group II in another round-robin phase where the top two advance to the semis.

    With a 4-2 card, CEU can finish no higher than third as the Scorpions also lost to the Brahmans.

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