OLIVAREZ College edged Jose Rizal University, 96-82, and clinched a twice-to-beat advantage over Diliman College in their title showdown in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UBCL) Summer Invitational on Tuesday at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
In topping the double-round elims, the Olivarez Sea Lions rode once again on a rock-solid defense in the fourth quarter to secure the bonus against the streaking Diliman Blue Dragons of Rensy Bajar.
Aside from exploding for 26 points, the Sea Lions held the Blazers to just 15 points secure the top spot with a 9-1 mark.
Olivarez and Diliman dispute the title tomorrow also at the Buddhacare gym with odds just almost even.
The Sea Lions beat the Blue Dragons in the first round, 64-55, but the latter got back in the second round, 66-55, thanks largely to African Alex Diakhite’s MVP-like numbers of 34 points and 13 rebounds.
“It’s going to be a tight and interesting contest as both teams want to win the bragging rights,” said UCBL president Franklin Evidente. “The presence of UAAP and NCAA teams proved to be a big motivation for Olivarez and Diliman teams.”
Meantime, National University and Centro Escolar University clash in a one-game duel for third at 9 a.m. in the event also sponsored by Ever Bilena-Blackwater, Smart, Advanced Solution, Inc. and Manila Bulletin.
The Blue Dragons likewise closed out their elims on a high note with a 78-69 win over the College of St. Benilde Blazers for a 7-3 mark.
The Bulldogs, getting another significant numbers from John Clemente, closed out the double-round elims with a 66-59 win over the Scorpions.
Games on Wednesday
(Buddhacare gym, Q. C.)
9 a.m. – NU vs CEU
10:45 a.m. – Olivarez vs Diliman