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    University of Batangas gets win No. 2 in PG Flex-UCBL caging

    Sep 9, 2019
    PHOTO: Reuben Terrado

    Games Thursday (Olivarez College gym): 12 noon – NCBA vs CEU; 2 p.m. – Olivarez vs Lyceum-B; 4 p.m. – TIP vs Diliman

    University of Batangas outlasted Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), 81-72, and took the early lead while Diliman College launched its title-retention bid in grand fashion in the PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) on Monday at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.

    After an awful shooting in the second quarter that saw them fall behind 38-35, the Brahmans outscored the Engineers in the next frame, 25-16, to regain the upperhand on the way to their second straight win.

    UB’s win was a fitting follow up to its 92-80 win over Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas in the opener last Thursday.

    Cameroonian 6-foot-5 player Kenne Raoul Yemeli starred for the Brahmans this time, scoring 23 points on top of 13 boards and two steals while Vincent de Ramos, JJ Caspe and Emmanuel Catacutan also tallied in double figures.

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    The Diliman Blue Dragons leaned on a torrid shooting early to demolish the PCU-Dasmariñas Dolphins, 97-69, with Johnnel Rey Bauzon exploding for 29 points. Four other Diliman players scored 9 points or more.

    It was a big day for Batangas as Lyceum-Batangas opened its title bid on a high note, crushing National College of Business and Arts, 88-62, in the first game.

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    The Pirates were ruthless from the start, posting a 24-4 advantage in the first 10 minutes of play on the way to spoiling NCBA’s debut in the 8-team tournament.

    The Pirates were never threatened after that as they even padded their lead to 53-27 at halftime as Lapasaran continued to pile up points behind his repertoire of shots while the Coongolese dominated the shaded lane.

    Lapasaran finished with 24 points, 9 assists and five boards while Mulunda chipped in 12 points, 15 boards and three blocks.

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