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.
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.
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.