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    University of Batangas rips NCBA to catch last bus to UCBL semis

    Oct 17, 2019

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    CEU coach Derrick Pumaren, however, rued the team’s 27 turnovers, saying they can’t afford to commit the same mistakes in the semis.

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