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Diliman Blue Dragons make history, retain PG Flex-UCBL crown


Diliman College completed its date with history by downing Olivarez College, 75-68, to keep its PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League title Thursday at the Olivarez Gym in Parañaque City.

Robbi Darang, Billshan Digno, and Abdoulaye Niang sparked Diliman’s decisive third quarter breakaway, as the Blue Dragons became the first back-to-back champions of the four-year-old tournament.

Sadly, the Olivarez Sea Lions were again frustrated for the third time. They also lost to the Blue Dragons last season.

Darang put on another solid all-around show with 17 points and five assists to emerge as the Finals MVP.

Digno contributed 14 points highlighted by four triples. Meanwhile, Niang imposed his will inside on the way to finishing with 16 points along with six boards.

Johnnel Bauzon likewise produced significant numbers with 9 points and 11 boards, as Diliman College wrapped up the series, 2-1.

The Blue Dragons first dropped the opener of their best-of-three series, 64-62. They then forced the rubber match with an 82-72 triumph last Monday.

As expected, both teams fought almost on even terms in the first two quarters before the Blue Dragons hit their targets in the third to pull away for good.

A big disappoint for Olivarez was MVP Jayboy Solis, who went scoreless in 12 minutes of action.

With Solis struggling, Redel Fabro took charge and finished with 22 points.

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