TECHNOLOGICAL Institute of the Philippines defeated Colegio De San Lorenzo, 72-55, on Monday to advance to the semifinals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
The Engineers jumped to an early 20-11 lead en route to the big win, their seventh in 10 matches to tie idle Olivarez College Sea Lions for second spot.
The CDSL Griffins (4-7) and Bulacan State University Gold Gears (4-6) battle for the last spot in the semis.
The Engineers look to take a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals when they take on the Sea Lions.
“We really played with urgency, but in all our games since the start, we took it seriously one-at-a time. Our target really is to finish the elims at No. 2. So our game against Olivarez on Thursday is very crucial,” said TIP coach Petit de Vera.
“I think, the situation now is both TIP and Olivarez are already sure of making it to the semis. The problem now is which of us is No. 2 or No. 3. And that’s our target because it’s really a big advantage if you are to be beaten twice in the next round,” added De Vera.
The absence of CDSL top gunner Jonjon Gabriel due to left ankle injury was exploited by the Engineers. Without their ace shooter, coach Bonnie Garcia’s Griffins hit only 17 of 62 tries.
TIP 72 – Diego 12, B. Santos 11, Matignas 10, Napoles 7, Gadon 6, Pinas 6, Akpuru 6, Rosopa 4, Lara 4, Enriques 3, I. Santos 0, Mallari 0.
CDSL 52 – Alvarado 15, Carongoy 13, Astrero 11, Ancheta 6, Borja 5, Callano 2, Vargas 0, Salizo 0, Lagman 0, Formento 0.
Quarterscores: 20-11; 36-25; 53-39; 72-52.