Dil­i­man, CDSL clash for UCBL lead

Tempo - - Sports - (Jerome Lagunzad)

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.

CHABI Yo

DI­AKHITE

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