FORWARD Jerico Mondala came up big on both ends as Diliman College turned back Lyceum-Batangas on Monday, 88-81, to extend its winning streak to three in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 2 at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Parañaque City.
Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite had 25 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks, while Mondala came up with his own monster outing as the Blue Dragons racked up their fifth win in six matches.
“Mondala is really a hardworker. He’s been putting in the extra effort in practice and it’s good that he’s reaping off the dividends,” said Diliman College coach Rensy Bajar.
Mondala tallied 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting on top of 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Jay Axalan had a team-high 19 points, spiked by five treys, while four other teammates added at least 10 points each but the Pirates missed the usual numbers from top gunner Bryan Buen as they suffered their second straight loss and fifth in six starts.
Buen, good for at least 20 points per game, scored just six points on seven attempts.
Lyceum-Batangas kept itself in the hunt behind its three-point shooting, knocking down 13 triples that helped them trim a 16-point cushion to just four in the closing minutes, 81-85, off Jay Villaluna’s second triple.
The 6-foot-9 Diakhite came to Diliman College’s rescue with a clutch lay-up before local guard Rickson Gerero, who finished with 14 points, six rebounds and as many assists, pegged the final count with a split from the 15-foot line going to the final 20 seconds.
The Blue Dragons certainly utilized their heft and height advantage to the hilt as they scored 52 points in the paint, 16 more than their rivals, and even outrebounded the relatively small Pirates crew by a mile 59-28.