TECHNOLOGICAL Institute of the Philippines looks to close out the first round with a bang as it battles winless St. Joseph College-Bulacan on Monday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 3 at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Hoping to close in on leaders Diliman College, Centro Escolar University and Olivarez College, the TIP Engineers face the Bulacan dribblers at 12 p.m.
TIP is running fourth with a 2-3 record and Potit de Vera is hoping to get to .500 entering the second round. TIP is also looking for ways to get better defensively since the Engineers are most likely to face the top seed in the semis if the trend continues.
Diliman created a three-way tie for the lead at 5-1 after beating erstwhile unbeaten Olivarez, 79-77, last Thursday.
Lyceum-Batangas, which is also toting a 2-3 card, shoots for its third win when it battles Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas at 2 p.m.
St. Joseph is hoping it will not suffer another embarrassing defeat that marked its first five losses while PCU tries to nail its second win after finishing the elims with a 1-5 mark in the tournament backed by CaféFrance, Yakult, Gerry’s Grill, Hapee Toothpaste, MaxSell Power Tool and Tough Mama Home and Kitchen Appliances, Tanduay Athletics and Toyota Motor Philippines.