QUEZON CITY – Diliman College is now one win away from sweeping the first round of the 2018 Smart Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Summer Tournament after they crushed Jose Rizal University, 75-64, at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Sunday morning. Big Adama Diakhite once again asserted his dominance as he and the Blue Dragons had to work extra hard in the second half for their fourth straight win.
The Heavy Bombers built an early 34-24 lead behind the three-point shooting of Ry de la Rosa but Diliman countered with an 11-1 run that tied the count by halftime, 35-35. Diakhite then upped his game in the second as he pounded the inside coupled with the outside shots of guard MacArthur Enriquez and playmaking of Kristoffer Torrado to suddenly up their lead to its highest with over five minutes left in the game, 68-54, and it proved to be enough cushion.
Diakhite finished with another monster performance of 29 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks but could only convert three of his 17 free throw attempts. Enriquez had four triples for 17 points while Torrado gave out 12 assists to go with his seven points.
In the second game, National University tripped University of Santo Tomas 73-68, and move into solo Second Place at 3-1. The Bulldogs held the Growling Tigers scoreless in a crucial three-minute stretch with Reggie Morido, Nico Abatayo and JP Cauilan pouring in eight points to seize back the lead and pull away slightly entering the final two minutes, 70-65.
Josh Ayo fired a triple to end UST’s silence and inch closer, 68-70, but Abatayo quickly neutralized that with a triple of his own to settle the final tally as both schools could not find the basket for the final 90 seconds. Patrick Yu paced the Bulldogs with eight of his 13 points in the third period while Abatayo finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds plus two steals.
Meanwhile, the game between Centro Escolar University and Olivarez College will be played on May 26 to officially close the first round of eliminations. The Scorpions were invited to play in a pocket tournament in Iloilo that started last Friday.
How They Scored:
DILIMAN (75) – Diakhite 29, Enriquez 17, Arceta 9, Torrado 7, Sombero 6, Bauzon 4, Olea 3, Tay 0, Cecilio 0, Angeles 0, Brutas 0, Diaz 0, Mbiya 0.
JOSE RIZAL (64) – Ramos 10, Esguerra 10, de la Rosa 9, Yu 7, Mallari 6, de la Virgen 6, Mendoza 5, Silvarez 4, Bordon 3, Steinl 2, Padua 2, Dulalia 0, Estrella 0.
Period Scores: 17-22, 35-35, 57-52, 75-64.
NATIONAL (73) – Yu 13, Abatayo 10, Morido 9, Cauilan 7, Diputado 6, Flores 6, Malonzo 5, Salim 4, Puray 4, Atienza 4, Penano 2, Rangel 2, Minerva 1, Sistoza 0.
SANTO TOMAS (68) – Concepcion 18, Paraiso 14, Ayo 12, Abando 9, Batuzolele 7, Enriquez 3, Monje 3, Lagumen 2, Yongco 0, Evangelista 0.
Period Scores: 9-18, 31-32, 55-50, 73-68.