Diliman, CDSL clash for UCBL lead
Diliman College and Colegio de San Lorenzo square off today in an early showdown between two legitimate title contenders in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 2 at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Parañaque City.
Tip off is at 12 noon, with the Blue Dragons and the Griffins expected to give it their all as they try to stretch their winning streak to three games and seize the solo leadership in the eightteam field.
All eyes will be on the titanic clash between Diliman College’s Adama Diakhite and his CdSL counterpart Soulemane Chabi Yo.
The 6-foot-9 Diakhite has been a genuine force for the team averaging 21 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, and 1.0 steal in their first two matches.
Not to be outdone was Chabi Yo, who is three inches smaller than Diakhite but is still doing enough for the Griffins with 20.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.0 steal output in their similar 2-0 start.
“Our team is very motivated because of our import. They are staying together that’s why their bond is getting stronger and deeper,” admitted CDSL coach Boni Garcia. “He’s not taking any day off. Even in practice, he’s not slacking off. That’s why we’re blessed to have him in the team.”
Clashing at 2 o’clock are struggling Olivarez College and newcomer Lyceum-Batangas, both eager to finally stop their bleeding.
The Sea Lions are determined to take a familiar home court advantage to the hilt against a Pirates side which dropped its first two matches with an average losing margin of 26.5 points.
Still, much of the spotlight will fall on the opener, with top locals Rickson Gerero, Joseph Brutas, and Rey Bauzon tipped to provide Diakhite the needed help while homegrown Jon Gabriel and Raymart Sabland are expected to do the same for Chabi Yo.