Diliman College stirred a back-to-back championship to make history after downing Olivarez College, 75-68, in the PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League held recently at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque City.
Banking on a solid third-quarter showing, the Diliman Blue Dragons hit their targets as expected and never looked back to become the first back-to-back champions in the league’s four–year run.
“When we lost in Game 1, I just told them to just stick to the plan dahil gusto naming gumawa ng history n first back-to-back champions sa UCBL. We gave importance to defense talaga. Yun talaga ang naging key para makuha namin yung panalo,” said Blue Dragons head coach Rensy Bajar.
Robbi Darang, Billsan Digno, and Abdoulaye Niang led the Blue Dragon’s campaign with Digno shooting 14 points on top of his four triples.
Darang made 17 points for Diliman including five assists to be named Finals MVP while Niang had 16 points along with six boards.
Johnnel Bauzon added nine points and 11 boards for the Blue Dragons, who finished the best-of-three series with only one loss.
Olivarez Sea Lions defeated the Blue Dragons in the finals opener, 64-62.
The eventual champion forced a rubber match after securing the second game with a 10-point lead, 82-72.
Olivarez’s main man and Season MVP Jayboy Solis went scoreless in his 12 minutes action and was limited to one rebound and one steal.
Redel Fabro contributed 22 points, Yanie Elie fired 12 points and 21 rebounds, and Kim Siegue scored 16 points for the Sea Lions
The Sea Lions suffered its third finals defeat in the tournament by losing twice to Diliman and CEU in the inaugural season.
“We would like to thank Sen. Nikki Coseteng — our president — for always supporting us and making sure that everyone in the team is being taken care of. We are grateful to her as well as to our main sponsor Gerry’s Grill for always being there for us,” added Bajar.