Technological Institute of the Philippines overpowered Bulacan State University, 103-83 to seize the early lead, while Olivarez College rebounded with a 95-77 rout of Colegio de San Lorenzo in the UCBL tournament Thursday at the Olivarez Sports Center.
Jorey Napoles and John Enriquez fired 15 points apiece while Ikee Akpuru had 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Engineers notch their second straight win in as many outings.
Despite the impressive start, TIP coach Potit de Vera stressed the need for his players to improve in time for their big showdown with Centro Escolar University – the tournament’s top favorite.
“We have a long way to go. We are trying to get better, especially in cohesion and toughness. More of the mental aspects,” said De Vera, whose team was organized only in mid-June.
The Engineers also overcame Dominick Fajardo’s 40-point, 11-rebound outing for the Malolos-based Gold Gear, who dropped to 1-1.
Reserves Pruvil Bermudez and Lordy Geronimo combined for 15 points in the Sea Lions’ 33-point third quarter explosion to shatter a 43-43 halftime count and surge to a 76-58 advantage.
The win enabled the Olivarez Sea Lions to soothe the pain after absorbing a 96-91 loss to Bulacan State.
The Sea Lions displayed balanced attack with six players scoring in twin digits and dominated the Griffins in the rebounding department, 60-28.
Geronimo and Bermudez had 16 points apiece while Richmon Sunga added 15 points on top of six rebounds and five assists for Olivarez.
Vin Belaso had also a double-double effort of 12 points and 13 rebounds while Maverick Saguiguit and Richard Sing contributed 10 points apiece for the Sea Lions.
CDSL suffered to its second consecutive loss in a tie with idle University of Batangas at the bottom of the standings.
Jonjon Gabriel led the Griffins with 21 points and six rebounds while Mark Carongoy and King Astrero added 20 and 12 points, respectively.
Olivarez 95 – Geronimo 16, Bermudez 16, Sunga 15, Belaso 12, Saguiguit 10, Sing 10, Uduba 6, Rabe 4, Rabusa 3, Solis 2, Sala 1, Almejada 0, Diaz 0.
CDSL 77 – Gabriel 21, Carongoy 20, Astrero 12, Callano 8, Lagman 8, Alvarado 4, Ajero 3, Ancheta 1, Borja 0, Formento 0, Foronda 0, Vargas 0.
Quarters: 25-24, 43-43, 76-58, 95-77
TIP 103 – Napoles 15, Enriquez 15, Akpuru 12, Okoronkwo 10, Diego 10, Rosopa 8, Santos 8, Alcober 5, Jimenez 5, Lara 5, Pinas 4, Santos 4, Mallari 2, Gadon 0.
BulSU 83 – Fajardo 40, Mendoza 8, Reyes 8, De Leon 8, Jauco 7, Dela Cruz 5, Necio 4, Mendoza 3, Ignacio 0, Bagay 0.
Quarters: 21-17, 51-40, 81-67, 103-83.