Diliman College hopes to sustain its impressive winning run while defending champion Centro Escolar University tries to recover from a recent jolt when they go up against separate rivals Thursday in the UCBL Season 2 at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Parañaque City.
The Diliman Blue Dragons collide with the Bulacan State University Gold Gears at 12 noon with the former out to follow up their massive 59-56 win over the CEU Scorpions last Saturday.
Diliman’s victory created a three-way tie for the lead, with the Blue Dragons tying their victims and the Colegio de San Lorenzo Griffins for the lead – all with similar 6-1 marks.
The Blue Dragons and the Scorpions can move a step ahead of the Griffins if they prevail.
CEU is heavily favored to repeat over University of Batangas at 2 p.m.
“My players are on the groove right now and it’s just a matter of sustaining it,” said Diliman coach Rensy Bajar, who will once again lean on Senegalese center Adama Diakhite alongside top locals John Bauzon, Joseph Brutas, and Rickson Gerero.
Diakhite emerged triumphant in his much-awaited showdown with the CEU’s Rod Ebondo.
That will be a big concern for the UB Brahmans as they expect Ebondo and company to get on the winning track in a big way.
“If we want to duplicate what we achieve last year, our locals should provide Rod the needed support on both ends. Our import can only do so much especially when we’re up against the top teams,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia.