Dragons get back on track vs Dolphins

September 29, 2018
MJ Enriquez

DILIMAN College leaned on the troika of  Joseph Brutas, MJ Enriquez  and Kevine  Gandjeto to roll back  Philippine Christian College-Dasmariñas, 125-83, and get back on track in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 3 at the Olivarez College gym in Paranaque City.

In  his best game so far, Brutas exploded with a game-high 29 points on an impressive 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to lead the Blue Dragons to their second win  in three matches in the seven-team tournament.

Brutas’ scoring spree in the Dragons’ vengeful win over the Dolphins  was highlighted by five three-point shots.

Equally impressive was Enriquez, who caugt fire early and finished with 27 points spiked by six triples in less than 25 minutes of action.

The  11 three-point shots by Brutas and Enriquez proved too much for the Dolphins to overcome.

Gandjeto also produced monster numbers for the Diliman, Quezon City-based team with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

“Thank God. I am satisfied with the performance of  the boys against PCU,” said Diliman athletic director-coach  Rensy Bajar.

“They (players) did not allow the loss to CEU two weeks ago to affect their morale.They continued to play as hard as they can and focus on what they have to do against our opponents on the court,” said Bajar, who is widely credited for  turning the Blue Dragons as  one of  the  most-feared campaigners in  collegiate basketball.

Bajar shared the credit to former Sen. Nikki Coseteng  of Diliman College and businessman-sportsman Jerome Ngo and Wilson Sia of Gerry’s Grill for their  unfailing support.

“We  owe  our team success to the support of Sen. Coseteng and our  managers,” added  Bajar, also the first assistant coach  of NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA.

Overall, Diliman College now has a 2-1 win-loss record in a tie with  Centro  Escolar University  and Technological Institute of the Philippines.

Diliman debuted with a 55-point  blowout  win over newcomer St. Joseph  College of Bulacan, before losing  to CEU, 61-88.         Actually, the  Dragons raced to an early 33-18 lead in  the first-quarter lead behind  the hot hands of  Enriquez.

The lead grew even bigger in the third quarter, with Brutas joining the scoring  spree to take the fight out of the  Dolphins, 90-58.