OLIVAREZ College and Technological Institute of the Philippines dispute the No. 2 seeding on Thursday even as unbeaten league-leader Centro Escolar University shoots for its 11th win in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.
Both toting similar 7-3 records and assured already of semis berths, the Olivarez Sea Lions and the TIP Engineers clash at 12 p.m.
The Sea Lions look to play consistent and smart as they seek payback for a 69-65 loss to the Engineers in the first round.
The Sea Lions have been on fire since that defeat and have won their last four games almost without trouble.
The Engineers are also coming off a big win, a 72-55 rout of the Colegio De San Lorenzo Griffins.
“We really played with urgency, but in all our games since the start, we took it seriously one-at-a time. But you know, 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.
“We have the chance to secure a twice-to-beat advantage so we have to play aggresively,” added de Vera.
Meantime, the CEU Scorpions are heavily favored to repeat over Bulacan State University in their 2 p.m. encounter.
If the BSU Gold Gears can do the unthinkable and beat the Scorpions (10-0), they will clinch the fourth semis berth.