Games Thursday (Olivarez gym, Parañaque City): 12 noon – TIP vs NCBA; 2 p.m. – Diliman vs CEU; 4 p.m. – UB vs Olivarez
UNIVERSITY of Batangas outclassed Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, 102-83, and stayed unbeaten through five games in the PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
JJ Caspe and Harold de Guzman scored 26 and 22 points, respectively, for the UB Brahmans, who broke away in the payoff period to move two wins away from a sweep of the first round elims.
Protecting a 71-61 third quarter lead, the Brahmans – with Caspe joining forces with de Guzman and Joseph Torres – opened the payoff period with a murderous 12-0 run to take the sting out of the Pirates.
Caspe also posted 11 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and a block in a solid all-around game.
Meanwhile, defending champion Diliman College got off to a roaring start and clobbered National College of Business and Arts, 89-51,for its fourth straight win.
For the second straight game, Johnnel Rey Bauzon led the DC Blue Dragons with 22 points spiked by two treys as they handed the Wildcats their fifth straight defeat.
So dominant were the Blue Dragons that they raced to a commanding 33-14 advantage after the first 10 minutes of play.
UB’s Melvin Ricaña flirted with a triple-double with 15 points, 11 boards and eight assists while Raoul Yemeli hauled down 13 rebounds on top of eight points.
With the defeat, Lyceum dropped to an even 2-2 card despite Aliane Lapasaran and John Weiland Villanueva scoring 20 and 21 points, respectively.