STREAKING Olivarez College and Diliman College hope to complete the semis cast on Monday when they go up against separate rivals in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 2 at the Olivarez gym in Parañaque City.
On a five-game winning run, the Olivarez Sea Lions shoot for their eight win overall when they clash with the University of Batangas Brahmans at 12 p.m. while the Diliman Blue Dragons tackle the Lyceum-Batangas Pirates at 2 p.m.
Sporting similar 7-3 records, Olivarez and Diliman would join early semifinalists Centro Escolar University and Colegio de San Lorenzo if they prevail over their respective rivals.
Olivarez College coach Mike Saguigit is confident they can sustain their form and avenge their 91-78 loss to the Brahmans last month.
“We know what’s at stake and it’s just a matter of getting the job done,” said Saguiguit. “The guys have been playing true to my expectations and I’m just hoping that they can sustain our winning ways.”
Expected to lead the Sea Lions are Paulo Castro, Vin Begaso, Dwight Saguiguit and Noy Bermudes.
Diliman coach Rensy Bajar is not taking the Brahmans lightly.
“There’s no other foe more dangerous to match up with than the one who’s battling for nothing less but pride.”
The Blue Dragons are also aching to get back on the winning track following a 64-57 loss to the Sea Lions on Thursday.
They struggled for just six points in the fourth period much to the dismay of Bajar.
Senegalese center Adama Diakhite groped for form against Olivarez College’s stifling defense, missing 10 of his 16 shots from the field and hardly making his presence felt in the stretch that exposed a big chink in Diliman College’s armor.