CdSL Griffins look to finish off CEU Scorpions in UCBL finals

COLEGIO de San Lorenzo looks to sweep defending champion Centro Escolar University on Monday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Finals at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

After taking the opener of their best-of-three title series with ease, 86-78, the Griffins are fully motivated to apply the finishing touches in their 1 p.m. showdown and secure the crown.

CdSL coach Boni Garcia is expecting CEU to give it all they have got.

“Closing out any series is the hardest thing to do,” he said. “We have to be more intense and motivated than them since they are expected to give it their all.”

Aside from Beninese import Soulemane Chabi Yo, Garcia can also count on local big men like Charles Callano and Jon Gabriel and gunner Jan Formento.

While Chabi Yo and Gabriel produced solid all-around numbers, Formento was deadly from afar, firing 12 points, including a back-breaking triple in the crunch that enabled them to hold off CEU’s searing rally ignited by guards Orlan Wamar and Judel Fuentes.

“If we want to stay alive, we have to come up with a better collective performance,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “We cannot rely on Orlan alone. Everybody has to do their part on both sides of the floor.”

The league will also fete this season’s top performers in a short yet colorful awarding ceremonies set at 12 p.m.

Jorey Napoles of Technological Institute of the Philippines, reigning league MVP Dominck Fajardo of Bulacan State University and the sweet-shooting Wamar are among those top candidates for the highest individual award.

Chabi Yo, along with Senegalese counterpart Adama Diakhite of Diliman College and CEU’s Congolese center Rod Ebondo, are vying for the Best Foreign Student Athlete plum.

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