UCBL Summer May 16 Recap

Our Time To Shine     QUEZON CITY – Diliman College claimed the solo leadership of the 2018 Smart Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) by destroying erstwhile co-leader National University, 79-54, at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Wednesday.  The Blue Dragons’ defense limited the Bulldogs to a lone field goal in the first period and that basically settled the outcome early, 24-2.

Adama Diakhite frolicked against all defenders thrown at him to account for 14 of his 31 points in the first period alone on top of nine rebounds and five blocks.  Shooter Joseph Brutas continued the onslaught with 10 of his 12 points in the second period to go with 12 rebounds and seven assists while point guard Kristoffer Torrado also had 12 points and nine assists.

University of Santo Tomas entered the win-column with a 79-77 escape over Olivarez College in a meeting of cellar-dwellers.  Baskets from Renze Abando and a free throw from Sherwin Concepcion gave the Growling Tigers a 78-74 advantage but the Sea Lions retaliated with a triple from Kim Siegue with five seconds remaining to cut the gap to a single point, 77-78.

JM Lagumen was quickly fouled and gave UST anxious moments as he missed his first but made his second free throw, 79-77.  The Sea Lions sued for time and had one last chance to force overtime or win the game outright but Makki Santos missed his attempt at the buzzer.

Concepcion keyed the win with nine of his 21 points in the fourth period to go with 17 rebounds and three assists.  Abando supported him with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

In the main game, Centro Escolar University stayed within striking distance of Diliman College with a clinical 88-63 demolition of Jose Rizal University.  The Scorpions turned up the heat by going on a 22-4 run to begin the fourth period for their biggest lead of the game, 82-55, and the Heavy Bombers never recovered.

New recruit John Edcel Rojas powered the Scorpions with 14 points and three rebounds in only 12 minutes of play.  Orlan Wamar canned four triples for also 14 points while Gilles Oloume and Tyron Chan chipped in 12 markers each for their second straight win.

How They Scored:

First Game

DILIMAN (79) – Diakhite 31, Brutas 12, Torrado 12, Tay 7, Arceta 4, Sombero 4, Olea 3, Salazar 2, Bauzon 2, Diaz 2, Darang 0, Cecilio 0, Angeles 0.

NATIONAL (54) – Minerva 13, Yu 10, Rangel 8, Malonzo 8, Diputado 6, Puray 5, Atienza 3, Flores 1, Sistoza 0, Salim 0, Penano 0.

Period Scores: 24-2, 45-29, 67-39, 79-54.

Second Game

SANTO TOMAS (79) – Concepcion 21, Abando 19, Paraiso 15, Pangilinan 7, Batuzolele 7, Monje 7, Yongco 2, Lagumen 1, Enriquez 0, Ayo 0.

OLIVAREZ (77) – Castro 16, Elie 14, Santos 13, Almajeda 9, Siegue 6, Completo 6, Rocero 5, Campos 3, Ignacio 2, de Leon 2, Terania 1, Patizar 0, Sala 0, Geronimo 0.

Period Scores: 18-10, 34-37, 56-52, 79-77.

Third Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (88) – Wamar 14, Rojas 14, Oloume 12, Chan 12, Cruz 7, Formento 7, Umeanozie 7, Ello 4, Galinato 4, Guinitaran 4, Uri 2, Ke Caballero 1, Ko Caballero 0, Pamaran 0.

JOSE RIZAL (63) – Mendoza 15, Padua 11, Estrella 7, Dulalia 6, Bordon 6, Ramos 5, Steinl 4, Esguerra 3, Perez 2, de la Virgen 2, de la Rosa 2, Silvarez 0, Serafica 0.

Period Scores: 10-13, 34-33, 60-51, 88-63.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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