Olivarez on track for quarters bonus after win over UB in UCAL cagefest

Olivarez on track for quarters bonus after win over UB in UCAL cagefest
PCU’s Alpha Bah is fouled as he drives for a basket.

Games Saturday
(Paco Arena, Manila)

12 p.m. – MCU vs DC
2 p.m. – GMC vs PWU
4 p.m. – PCU-D vs OC

MANILA, Philippines – Olivarez College repeated over University of Batangas, 74-71, and stayed in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinal round of the Universities and Colleges Athletic League-PG Flex Linoleum Season 6 on Thursday, February 22, at the Paco Arena in Manila.

After a slow start, the Olivarez Sea Lions, starring Dan Earel Arches, John Umali and Hakim Albasse, dominated the Brahmans in the last two quarters to complete their impressive come-from-behind win and hike their record to 6-3.

The Sea Lions, however, must sweep their last two games against league-leading Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas (8-1) and defending champion Centro Escolar University (6-2) for them to finish in the top two.

The top two finishers in Team A (first to fourth placers) after the round will secure a twice-to-beat armor in the knockout quarterfinal phase.

Arches was again at his element, burying four triples on the way to a game-high 20 points on top of three assists and a rebound, Umali added 14 while Albasse and Mark Gallano added 13 points apiece.

The Brahmans fell to 5-5 – their bid for a bonus also fell apart.

In the other game, Alpha Bah was a rebound shy from completing another double-double performance but this did not prevent Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas from repeating over Guang Ming College-Tagaytay City, 84-78.

The foreign student-athlete once again imposed his will inside to lead the Pirates with 23 points and 9 boards – nearly duplicating his 25-point and 12-board showing in the team’s thrilling 104-101 overtime win in the first phase of the elims last February 8.

The win improved the Pirates’ record to 4-5, assuring themselves of a slot in the quarterfinals as they tied the Manila Central University Supremos for sixth to seventh places.

Bah got ample support from Kurt Lee Laput, who chipped in 14 points – most coming in the first quarter where they took a 261-7 lead.

MCY, which got a pair of 14 points from Joshua Jamias and Kurt Lactaotao, fell to 3-7 to remain at eighth place.

Only one team will be left out in the quarterfinal round in the  nine-team league, and newcomer Philippine Women’s University appears to be the strongest candidate having dropped its first nine games.

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