CENTRO Escolar University looks to extend its impressive winning run to eight games when it battles winless University of Batangas, while Diliman College seeks revenge against Colegio De San Lorenzo on Thursday in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque City.
After completing a six-game sweep of the first round, the CEU Scorpions leaned on import Rod Ebondo, Art Patrick Aquino and John Karlo Casiño to start their second round campaign with an 81-65 rout of the CDSL Griffins. CEU looks to keep its momentum going against the UB Brahmans at 2 p.m.
Owned by former Sen, Nikki Coseteng, the DC Blue Dragons battle the Griffins at 12 p.m. with the former out to avenge their crushing 81-51 defeat in the first round.
The Griffins are tied for fourth to fifth places with the Bulacan State University Gold Gears with similar 3-4 cards, while the Blue Dragons is at 6th place with a 2-4 card.
CEU coach Yong Garcia was not happy with the way they played the last time as they needed a big third quarter onslaught before they finally took the fight out of the Griffins. He hopes for more consistency from his wards, starting with their next game.
“You can’t be a champion team without being consistent in both the offensive and defensive ends,” said Garcia, who reportedly blasted his players after their slow and tentative start the last time.
The team managed only 29 points in the first two quarters, and worst of all, they allowed the Griffins to score the same output.
But everything fell into place for the Scorpions in the third, where they exploded for 30 points while limiting their rivals to just 10.
“That’s the attitude I want from them,” added Garcia. “Hot from start to end.”
Team Standing W L
CEU 7 0
TIP 5 2
Olivarez 4 3
BulSU 3 4
CDSL 3 4
Diliman 2 4
U of Batangas 0 7
Games on Thursday
(Olivarez Sports Center)
12 p.m – CDSL vs Diliman College
2 p.m. – UB vs CEU