CENTRO Escolar University looks to extend its winning streak to four in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 3 on Thursday as it battles Philippine Christian University Dasmarinas at the Olivarez College gym in Paranaque City.
Coming off a 74-point win (120-46) over St. Joseph College of Bulacan on Monday, the Scorpions are heavily favored in their 12 p.m. encounter with the Dolphins.
Clashing at 2 p.m. are Diliman College and Lyceum-Batangas, with the former gunning for its first streak after clobbering the PCU Dolphins, 125-83, last week.
Diliman established a record with its 125 output – thanks to Joseph Brutas and MC Arthur Enriquez who combined for 56 points spiked by 11 triples.
Diliman is now sporting a 2-1 card.
CEU, the inaugural champion, was jolted by Olivarez College on opening day, 86-83, but won its next three games.
Expected to lead CEU again is 6-foot-11 Senegalese Malick Maodo Diouf, who posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards in the last outing. His intimidating presence led to five CEU players in double figures with Rich Lorenz Guinitaran adding 14, Franz Ray Diaz and Fuentes posting 13 each.
The Olivarez Sea Lions remain as the only undefeated squad in the seven-team tournament with a 4-0 card, their latest win a 93-74 rout of the Technological Institute of the Philippines in the tournament backed by CaféFrance, Yakult, Gerry’s Grill, Hapee Toothpaste, MaxSell Power Tool and Tough Mama Home and Kitchen Appliances, Tanduay Athletics and Toyota Motor Philippines.