Games Monday (Olivarez College gym): 12 noon – TIP vs Diliman; 2 p.m. – UB vs PCU-D
4 p.m. – NCBA vs Olivarez
DON Tabol and Sam Heidelburg joined forces in the crunch as University of Batangas pulled off a 68-57 win over National College of Business and Arts to complete the semifinal cast in the PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City.
Tabol scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth, including five in a telling 12-3 attack to finally take the fight out of the Wildcats and help UB end end a three-game losing streak.
With its sixth win in nine games, UB joined defending champion Diliman College, Olivarez College and Centro Escolar Unverity in the semis which starts next week.
The 6-foot-4 Heidelburg added 10 points and four boards for the Brahmans, who also got 11 points from Melvin Ricaña and 10 from Joseph Torres.
The Wildcats of former hotshot Jake Codamon remained winless in 9 games.
Meantime, CEU closed out its elimination campaign with a 71-66 win over Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas in the first game.
Franz Ray Diaz struck hardest for the Scorpions coming through with a team-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field apart from posting seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. CEU improved to 7-3.
Senegalese 6-foot-9 center Maodo Malick Diouf showed up in uniform but did not see action, obviously being rested in time for next week’s semis most likely against the top-seeded and defending champion Diliman College.
The Pirates, who got 26 points from Lowell Castro, finished the season with a 3-7 mark.
Despite the absence of Maodo, the Scorpions dominated the boards, 48-41, had more inside points, 34-28, and shot better from the field, making 26 of 64 tries for 40 percent against 33 percent (23-69) for the Pirates.
CEU coach Derrick Pumaren, however, rued the team’s 27 turnovers, saying they can’t afford to commit the same mistakes in the semis.