Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Diliman rips Olivarez to take Game 1

The Diliman College Blue Dragons went berserk in the payoff period and subdued the Olivarez College Sea Lions, 80-71, in Game 1 of their title series in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League Season 3, Monday at the latter’s home turf in Parañaque.

With John Mahari and Steve Gandjeto at the helm, the Diliman Blue Dragons outplayed and outscored the Olivarez Sea Lions, 39-23, in the fourth quarter to draw first blood in their best-of-three title series.

The Blue Dragons of former Sen. Nikki Coseteng and coach Rensy Bajar can clinch their first major title with another win on Thursday.

“We hope we can sustain our winning drive and clinch the championship,” said Bajar, a former member of the Philippine team. “As I expected, Olivarez is a tough team, not easy to beat.

“Breaks of the game lang. Sinuwerte nung huli. Pero alam na namin gagawin namin sa next games,” added Bajar.

Good thing for Bajar, Mahari and Gandjeto delivered when they needed a spurt starting in the third quarter that saw them score the first seven points to tie the count at 48-all.

The Blue Dragons then took control as they made their outside shots while Gandjeto wrecked havoc down low.

The 6-foot-7 Gandjeto, a native of Benin, completed another double-double with 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 14 boards, eight of them offensively.

Mahari chipped in 20 points, including three crucial free throws that helped the Blue Dragons quash Olivarez’s last-ditch comeback.

Diliman’s win was its third over Olivarez and 10th straight since the elims.

#ReadMore  Prince Rivero to use 3x3 experience from eight years ago in Sista
Written By

You May Also Like


Centro Escolar University disarmed Olivarez College right in the first quarter on the way to a breezy 94-61 win and into a six-game sweep...


Diliman College closed out its first round campaign with a bang, trouncing newcomer Guang Ming College-Tagaytay, 87-60, in the 5th PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and...


Centro Escolar University survived the spirited challenge of two-time defending champion Diliman College to extend its winning run to five games, 92-73, in the...


Centro Escolar University flaunted its might once again and went on to annihilate Lyceum-Batangas, 117-60, in the 5th PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball...


Philippine Christian University -Dasmariñas scored its breakthrough win at the expense of the defending champions Diliman College while Olivarez College and Centro Escolar University...


Diliman College launched its three-peat bid on a high note while Centro Escolar University made a stern warning with a 50-point demolition of Guang...


After three years, the PG Flex-Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) presented by Vespa is back on the hardcourt. But just like their fourth...


Centro Escolar University outlasted Emilio Aguinaldo College, 85-83, and advanced to the semis of the PG Flex Linoleum UCBL Pre-Season tournament Monday at the...