Griffins over­whelm Blue Dragons, grab UCBL lead

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Games Mon­day (Oli­varez Col­lege gym) 12 noon – TIP vs CEU 2 p.m – UB vs CdSL

Cole­gio de San Lorenzo leaned this time on its bril­liant de­fen­sive ef­fort and hum­bled Dil­i­man Col­lege, 66-47, to seize the solo lead in the Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Bas­ket­ball League (UCBL) Sea­son 2 yes­ter­day at the Oli­varez Col­lege gym in Su­cat, Parañaque City.

Benin im­port Soule­man Chabi Yo came through with another solid show­ing, post­ing 24 points and 15 re­bounds while un­der­rated big man John Ro­jas added 14 points but it was the Griffins’ sus­tained de­fen­sive in­ten­sity that made life mis­er­able for the Blue Dragons.

It was the third straight vic­tory in as many tries for Cole­gio de San Lorenzo, keep­ing it­self atop the eight-team field while fur­ther un­der­lin­ing its ti­tle cre­den­tials.

Dil­i­man Col­lege suf­fered its first set­back af­ter three matches, slip­ping down to third over­all.

“Our de­fense will al­ways be our main weapon,” said CdSL coach Boni Gar­cia, clearly sat­is­fied with his wards’ col­lec­tive ef­fort that lim­ited Dil­i­man Col­lege to just 31 per­cent (19-of-62) shoot­ing from the field and forced them to turn the ball over 19 times.

“We re­ally wanted to pres­sure their guards. We didn’t want them to make easy en­try passes to (Dil­i­man Col­lege im­port Adama) Di­akhite,” added Gar­cia, re­fer­ring to the 6-foot-9 Sene­galese who tal­lied 18 points and 11 re­bounds but made just eight of his 18 tries from the field.

The ab­sence of top guard Rick­son Gerero be­cause of flu turned out to be a se­ri­ous blow for the Blue Dragons, with Robbi Darang and Aldrin Ligon emerg­ing as their high­est lo­cal scorer with seven points each.

The scores: CdSL 66 – Chabi Yo 24, Ro­jas 14, For­mento 9, Gabriel 5, Sablan 5, Cal­lano 4, La­man 3, Al­varado 2, Ancheta 0, Balde­via 0, Borja 0, Var­gas 0.

Dil­i­man Col­lege 47 – Di­akhite 18, Darang 7, Ligon 7, Bau­zon 5, Bru­tas 5, Bue­nao­bra 3, Chave­nia 2, Handag 0, Mbiya 0, Mon­dala 0, Sombero 0, Tay 0.

Quar­terss­cores: 17-13, 35-22, 50-37, 66-47.

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