PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College finally got to taste success on their own home floor as they walloped visiting Technological Institute of the Philippines, 93-69, in the featured game of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament last Thursday (February 9). The Sea Lions thus moved into a three-way tie for Second Place in Group A with Rizal Technological University and Philippine School of Business Administration.
With no less than school founder and owner Dr. Pablo Olivarez in attendance for the first time this season, the Sea Lions played with a different swagger and never allowed the Engineers to take the lead or at least tie the game. Coach Myk Saguiguit then plucked John Lawrence Uduba from the bench and the reserve forward quickly scored seven points to push Olivarez to a commanding 20-11 advantage after one period.
Not even the tournament debut of veteran forward Jorey Napoles could cushion the absence of center Jay Gadon, who skipped the game to attend to a family emergency. The Sea Lions were well in control by scoring the last nine points of the first half with Pruvil Bermudes capping the run with a triple at the buzzer, 45-28.
Bermudes made all of his team-best 15 points from the three-point line to go with four assists and a steal for Player of the Game honors. Uduba also had 15 points on top of five rebounds.
Mallari started in Gadon’s spot at center and paced the Engineers with 14 points. Raven Limpiada and Alex Ramos were next with 11 markers each with Ramos hauling 11 rebounds.
A week ago, the Sea Lions bowed to the visiting RTU Blue Thunder, 71-82. De Ocampo Memorial College currently leads Group A with a perfect 4-0 win-loss card.
How They Scored:
OLIVAREZ (93) – Bermudes 15, Uduba 15, Saguiguit 13, Solis 13, Begaso 13, Tomilloso 5, Terania 4, Sala 4, Andico 4, Sunga 3, Navarro 2, Rabe 2, Sumagit 0, Diaz 0.
T I P – MANILA (69) – Mallari 14, Limpiada 11, Ramos 11, Soriano 7, Lara 6, Matignas 6, Napoles 5, Santos 5, de los Reyes 2, Manalang 2, Ortal 0.
Period Scores: 20-11, 45-28, 61-49, 93-69.