MANILA, Philippines - The Olivarez College Sea Lions and the Central Colleges of the Philippines Bobcats waylaid their respective foes yesterday and improved their positions in the 11th Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA) men’s basketball tournament.
The Sea Lions got solid performances from seven mainstays as they demolished the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite Vanguard, 104-41, at their own home turf – the Olivarez College gymnasium in Sucat, Paranaque.
The Bobcats struck hard in the last seven minutes as they turned back the Manuel L. Quezon University Stallions, 99-84, in this cagefest supported by Mikasa and Molten Balls.
Ardie Dizon led with a game-high 14 points as the league-leading Sea Lions posted their sixth straight win in as many games to start the second round.
Ryan Villadelrey and Mark Orias contributed 13 points for Olivarez College, while Danny Masso, Franklin Mancio and BJ Faundo had 10 apiece.
They got off to a hot start, with Eldridge Corpus and John Flores combining for 11 points in the first period as the Sea Lions grabbed a 21-9 advantage in the first 10 minutes.
Mancio unloaded two triples in the second period as Olivarez College took a 53-16 halftime edge and was in control the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Ryan Magbanua hit 27 points, including five triples for the Bobcats, who improved to third spot with their 4-3 record.
Danny Asencio banged in 21points for the Bobcats, including eight in the last 6:57 as he and Magbanua touched off a 15-6 run that allowed the Bobcats to move away, 91-76, with 1:52 remaining.