OLIVAREZ College hopes to extend its winning run to three games while Technological Institute of the Philippines tries to revive its faltering campaign when they go up against separate rivals on Monday at the start of the second round of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
The Olivarez Sea Lions take on the Lyceum-Batangas Pirates at 2 p.m. with the former looking to improve their 4-3 record, while the TIP Engineers tackle the dangerous University of Batangas Brahmans at 12 p.m.
Though coming off a 15-point win over the Engineers last Thursday, the Sea Lions can’t afford to take the Brahmans lightly.
The Brahmans are fresh from an impressive 114-106 overtime victory over the Bulacan State University Gold Gears last Saturday.
UB hopes to use its breakthrough win as a catalyst in its bid to catch up with the frontrunners.
“We have shown that we can hold our ground against the better teams as long as we put in an extra effort,” said Lyceum-Batangas coach Dan Acero.
The first round eliminations ended with three teams tied for the lead — Diliman College, Colegio de San Lorenzo and defending champion Centro Escolar University all with 6-1 records.
TIP is out to snap a two-game skid and break its tie with Lyceum-Batangas at fifth spot and avenge a sorry 77-79 loss to University of Batangas in their initial meeting last Sept. 30.
“We’ve been a big disappointment so far and I hope my players will finally play true to their potential,” said TIP coach Potit de Vera.