Scorpions face Dragons in WNCAA hoops semis

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Top seed Centro Escolar University (CEU) Scorpions will battle the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Dragons in the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) seniors’ basketball semifinals on Saturday at the St. Scholastica College (SSC) Gym in Malate, Manila.

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The CEU Scorpions completed a 6-0 sweep after annihilating the SSC Scions, 102-19, last October 23. Cristine Caranto and Opeyemi Mecy Lawan topscored for the Scorpions with 20 points apiece.

“The confidence of the players was boosted going to the semis. But I always tell them to focus and go hard every practice and to be prepared in our upcoming game. I also remind them not to be overconfident,” said CEU head coach Jay Cambarihan said in a text message on Friday.

Cambarihan said that his team focused on the basics and implemented their system during the 19-day break in preparation for playoffs.

“We always start with the basics like dribbling, shooting, passing, defense. From there, we continue with our system. We focused on the skills training and we reviewed our plays both in the offense and defense.”

The CEU mentor expected that the UA&P Dragons would put up a good fight. “They will be aggressive tomorrow for sure and they will really try to win to extend the semis because we have the twice-to-beat advantage. I know that they’re very prepared and they have done a major adjustment against us.”

Gunning for their sixth consecutive title, Cambarihan added that he implemented a few changes on the team.

“There were minor adjustments. We just focused on what we will do like offense and especially the defense that we will execute tomorrow,” he added.

The CEU-UA&P clash will start at 8 a.m., while the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) Patriots and the San Beda College Alabang (SBCA) Red Lions will collide for the other finals ticket at 9:30 a.m.

In the WNCAA seniors volleyball playoffs, the SBCA Red Lions will also face the PWU Patriots at 12 p.m., while the CEU Scorpions will go against the Assumption College San Lorenzo (ACSL) Titans at 1:30 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate, Manila.

REALYN STEVENS

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