OLIVAREZ College tries to put the disappointments of past two finals defeats behind when it goes for a sweep of the PG Flex Linoleum-UCBL championship against defending champion Diliman College on Monday at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Buoyed by their thrilling 64-62 win in the opener of their best-of-three title series on Thursday, the Sea Lions are expected to give everything they’ve got in the 12 p.m. encounter to finally get back at the top-seeded Blue Dragons.
The Sea Lions lost to the Blue Dragons, 2-1, last year, and Olivarez coach Myk Saguiguit believes they now have a good chance of exacting revenge with Jayboy Solis leading the way.
Solis made his MVP coronation more memorable by leading the Blue Dragons with 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Sea Lions also made it to the finals in the inaugural tournament but lost to the Centro Escolar University Scorpions.
Saguiguit said they need to play sharply and smoothly on the offensive end and hard as a rock on the other end if they are to raise the championship trophy this time.
“Diliman is a tough team so we can’t afford to relax. For us to win again, we have to be consistent from start to finish,” said Saguitguit, who also drew big games from John Lester Maurillo, Yani Elie and point-guard RJ Barcuma.
Diliman coach Rensy Bajar is expected to make adjustments defensively after allowing five Olivarez players to score seven points or more.
They also have to be sharper as only Johnel Bauzon finished in double-digit with 14 points.