CdSL Griffins eye payback against CEU Scorpions in likely UCBL Finals preview

Team Standings

*CEU                 12 1

*CdSL                12 1

*Diliman College  9  5

*Olivarez College  8  5

TIP                      9

BulSU                  3  10

Lyceum-Batangas 3  11

U of Batangas       12

* — Semifinalist


Games Saturday

(Olivarez College gym)

12 noon — CdSL vs CEU

2 p.m. —BulSU vs Olivarez


THE coveted top spot is on the line as defending champion Centro Escolar University and formidable Colegio de San Lorenzo square off on Saturday at the conclusion of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 2 elimination round at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Parañaque City.

Tied atop the eight-team field with similar 12-1 marks, the Scorpions and the Griffins are expected to go all out in what promises to be a sneak preview of the best-of-three finals series set at 12 noon.

CEU, coming off a week-long respite, is riding high on a five-game winning streak and is determined to repeat an 82-76 win last Sept. 28. Meanwhile, CdSL is also on a roll after winning its last seven matches.

“Nobody will give an inch,” said Scorpions coach Yong Garcia. “We’ve beaten them fair and square the last time out so we’re expecting that they are determined to even things up against us and give themselves more confidence going to the playoffs.”

Griffins coach Boni Garcia echoed Garcia’s observation, saying: “It’s going to be a showcase of our fluid offense against their solid defense. Both teams are raring to go into the Final Four on a high.”

Battling in the main match at 2 p.m. are semis-bound Olivarez College and also-ran Bulacan State University.

The Sea Lions, who dropped their last two matches, are eager to put themselves back on track as they try to gain a piece of the third spot—and a better semis position—against a Gold Gears side raring to play the spoilers’ role to the hilt.

“We cannot take them lightly. They appear more dangerous right now since they are fighting for pride,” said Olivarez College coach Mike Saguiguit of BulSU’s dangerous crew which they beat 91-82 last Sept. 30.

Sans CEU counterpart Rod Ebondo, CdSL’s athletic big man Soulemane Chabi Yo is tipped to lord it over down low while the likes of Jan Formento, Gelo Sablan and Charles Callano will take care of the perimeter offense.

Out to lead the Scorpions’ attack are veteran playmaker Orlan Wamar, Judel Fuentes, Rich Guinitaran, Louis Baconcon and back-up Nigerian center Ebuka Umeanozie.

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