TIP eyes 3rd win vs UB

Tempo - - Sports - By JEROME LAGUNZAD

Games To­day (Oli­varez Col­lege gym) 12 noon — Oli­varez vs BulSU 2 p.m. — TIP vs U of Batan­gas

Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines and three other strug­gling teams take cen­ter stage to­day when the Univer­si­ties and Col­leges Bas­ket­ball League (UCBL) Sea­son 2 ac­tion re­sumes at Oli­varez Col­lege gym in Su­cat, Parañaque City.

The En­gi­neers, fresh from an 8368 win over Lyceum-Batan­gas last Thurs­day, aim to com­plete a sweep of Batangueños when they take on the free-fall­ing Univer­sity of Batan­gas Brah­mans at 2 p.m.

TIP, cur­rently in a tie with idle Oli­varez Col­lege from fourth to fifth spots with sim­i­lar 2-3 cards, is ea­ger to flash the ra­zor sharp form it showed the last time out and keep it­self in­side the “Magic Four.”

“We were able to get back on track but the big­ger chal­lenge now is how are we go­ing to sus­tain it. Our team has been blow­ing hot and cold for quite awhile and I hope we can fi­nally show signs of con­sis­tency,” said EngiDe­fend­ing neers coach Potit de Vera.

Oli­varez Col­lege and Bu­la­can State Univer­sity clash in the opener at 12 noon, both de­ter­mined to re­dis­cover their re­spec­tive win­nings ways.

The Sea Lions are smart­ing from a seven-point loss in­flicted by the Dil­i­man Col­lege Blue Dragons two days ago while the Gold Gears are rar­ing to stop a three-game los­ing skid af­ter win­ning their open­ing day as­sign­ment against the Brah­mans.

While reign­ing league MVP Dom­inck Fa­jardo is de­liv­er­ing his usual num­bers, the other BulSU vi­tal cogs like Pato Men­doza and Chris­tian Ne­cio are strug­gling to stay con­sis­tent, some­thing that gnaws at Gold Gears coach An­to­nio Tayao.

“We have to find a way in giv­ing Dom­inck the am­ple sup­port that he needs, whether its on the of­fen­sive end or on the de­fen­sive side. We can­not af­ford to rely mainly on a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual,” he said.

De Vera, mean­while, won’t have such predica­ment since the likes of Te­vita Latu, Joseph Daguro and John Pal­isoc have given top gun Jorey Napoles the sup­port that he sorely wanted in TIP’s morale-boost­ing vic­tory over Lyceum-Batan­gas.


RED Bull driver Max Ver­stap­pen of the Nether­lands steers his car dur­ing the first prac­tice ses­sion for the Malaysian For­mula One Grand Prix yes­ter­day in Sepang, Malaysia.

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