The Olivarez College (OC) Sea Lions closed its campaign in the elimination round of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the OC Coliseum in Parañaque City, by snapping the Centro Escolar University (CEU) Scorpions’ 11-game winning streak, 65-63, on Monday.
Richmon Sunga snatched the advantage from CEU after draining a trey from the corner in the 4:20 minute mark of the opening frame, 8-6.
CEU’s Oliver Arim scored via layup with 6.0 seconds remaining in the quarter to tie the ball game at 12-all.
Jayboy Solis and Richard Singh hit back-to-back three-pointers with 4:58 minutes in the first half, giving a four-point lead to Olivarez, 22-18.
Scorpion Sonny Saber sank both his free throws with Lordy Geronimo drawing the foul in the 2:46 minute mark, 24-all.
Geronimo also banked on his free throws off Paolo Quiminales’ foul, 26-24. Ehsan Veron scored a basket inside the paint to close the first half at 26-all.
The Sea Lions ignited an 8-0 run from Sunga’s mid-range jumper and trey, as Mavrick Saguiguit notched another three-pointer midway through the third period, 34-30.
With 3:28 minutes left in the canto, Rodrigue Ebondo scored a basket inside the paint, keeping the Sea Lions at bay, 36-35.
The Scorpions completed a 5-0 blitz after Joseph Manlangit drove to the basket and Saber completed his three-point play, 40-44. Pruvil Bermudez responded with another trey, cutting CEU’s lead to one, 43-44.
After five lead changes, the Sea Lions broke away from the 59-all deadlock with Solis hitting a three-pointer with 51-9 second left in the match, 62-59.
With both teams under the penalty, Arim gave away the foul on Singh who drained both his free throws, 64-60.
Orlan Wamar hit a trey with 6.0 second remaining in the match, 64-63. But Ebondo drew a costly foul on Solis in the 4.6-second mark. Solis then split his foul shots, 65-63.
“We got our rotation on our defense. We really had a good counter on the front line of CEU. And this game is a good outcome for us as we face TIP (Technological Institute of the Philippines) in the Final Four,” said Olivarez head coach Myk Saguiguit.
Sunga top scored for the Sea Lions with 12 points, while Solis added 11 more markers. Ebondo owned the lone bright spot for the Scorpions with a double-double outing of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The CEU Scorpions closed the eliminations with an 11-1 win-loss record, while the Olivarez Sea Lions held an 8-4 card.
In the other match, the Diliman College (DC) Blue Dragons trounced second seed TIP Engineers, 73-61. The TIP Engineers had an 8-4 slate, while the Diliman Blue Dragons finished fifth with a 4-8 card.