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    Late Robbi Darang jumper propels Diliman past CEU and into No. 1 spot

    Nov 22, 2018
    PHOTO: UCBL

    ROBBI Darang nailed a short jumper in the final 17.5 seconds as Diliman College nipped Centro Escolar University, 87-86, on Thursday to claim the No. 1 ranking in the Final Four of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College in Parañaque City.

    The Dragons finished with the league's best record at 11-1, while CEU settled for second spot at 10-2.

    "CEU is a tough team. They have a good coaching staff, lalo na kay coach Derrick Pumaren. Hopefully magharap kami ulit," said Diliman College coach Rensy Bajar.

    It was a tough outing for the Scorpions, who led by eight, 21-13, then found themselves trailing by 10 as Keanu Caballero scored on a layup, with 23.2 seconds remaining.

    Diliman will face No. 4 Technological Institute of the Philippines in the semifinals starting on Monday. CEU will play third-ranked Olivarez College in the other semifinal pairing.

    Darang finished with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds while Joseph Brutas chipped in 12 markers for Diliman.

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    Guinitaran paced CEU with 21 points to go with five rebounds while Diouf had a double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

    The scores:

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    Diliman (87) -- Darang 19, Brutas 12, Bauzon 11, Gandjeto 11, Mahari 10, Enriquez 9, Salazar J. 7, Salazar E. 5, Sombero 2, Lisika 1, Coquia 0.

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    CEU (86) -- Guinitaran 21, Diouf 16, Caballero Ke. 11, Chan 10, Diaz 9, Fuentes 8, Formento 7, Intic 2, Uri 2, Rojas 0.

    Quarterscores: 21-13, 43-43, 75-66, 87-86

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