MANILA – Group B top seed Colegio de San Lorenzo prevented a shutout as they emerged as the sole survivor from their group to make the semifinals of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) after they eliminated Olivarez College, 75-68, at the conclusion of the quarterfinals Monday afternoon (March 13) at the San Andres Sports Complex. The Griffins thus arranged a date with Rizal Technological University in a best-of-three series next week.
For a moment, the Griffins looked head for a walk in the park by taking the first period, 20-10, and further stretched their lead by halftime, 39-22. However, the Sea Lions started the third period hot via a 14-2 run to threaten, 36-41.
Sadly, the best that Olivarez could do was tie the count at 51-51 thanks to an Archie Sunga basket but Jun Gabriel restored the lead to San Lorenzo entering the last period. “They thought they had it already that why they relaxed,” said Coach Boni Garcia who adjusted by ordering his players to employ more of the dribble drive offense.
Charles Callano benefited the most as he scattered 11 of his team-high 15 markers in the fourth period to put away the Sea Lions’ challenge. Guards Rick Argie Baldevia and James Ryan Alvarado also flourished with 12 points each.
Jayboy Solis paced Olivarez with 18 markers. Pruvil Bermudes came off the bench to pump in 12.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (75) – Callano 15, Baldevia 12, Alvarado 12, Gabriel 11, Formento 10, Astrero 10, Vargas 3, Laman 2, Gojar 0, Marticio 0.
OLIVAREZ (68) – Solis 18, Bermudes 12, Begaso 11, Uduba 9, Navarro 5, Sunga 5, Rabe 4, Saguiguit 2, Andico 2, Tomilloso 0, Terania 0.
Period Scores: 20-10, 39-22, 53-51, 75-68.