CEU Scorpions dispose of San Lorenzo to reach UCBL finals as Olivarez forces decider vs TIP

CENTRO Escolar University booked the first spot in the finals, while Olivarez College dragged Technological Institute of the Philippines to a semis decider in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League.

JK Casiño scored 31 points as the top-seeded Scorpions routed Colegio de San Lorenzo, 99-57, on Thursday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque.

The third-ranked Sea Lions used a huge second-quarter burst to score a 70-53 win over the twice-to-beat Engineers.

Olivarez and TIP clash in a do-or-die match for the remaining slot in the best-of-three championship series on Saturday.

CEU was all business on the court as it built a commanding 30-11 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back.

The Scorpions bounced back after a narrow 63-65 loss to the Sea Lions that foiled their bid for a double-round sweep of the eliminations.

Ric Fuentes tossed in 13 points, Jason Opiso and Rodrigue Ebondo added 12 points, while Joseph Manlangit had 10 points.

Olivarez used a 25-9 second-quarter explosion to erect a 35-24 halftime lead en route to victory.

Albert Rabe led the way for the Sea Lions with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals, Lawrence Udoba scored 12 and Pruvil Bermudez had 11 points.

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