Dragons sink Sea Lions for fifth win

October 13, 2018
Robbie Darang
Robbie Darang of Diliman College in action. UCBL photo

ANOTHER  game, another win for Diliman College.

But this time, it wasn't easy.

Diliman scored the game's last eight  points, including back-to-back  three pointers in the final two minutes to escape with a 79-77 win over Olivarez College in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Season 3 at the Olivarez College gym in  Parañaque.

Joseph Brutas and Aevin Coquia nailed consecutive triples to tie the score at 77-all and Robbie  Darang delivered  the go-ahead basket  with 18 seconds left to complete  the come-from-behind victory for the Blue Dragons.

Coquia, the “Gerry's Grill Best Olayer of theGame”,  preserved  the Blue  Dragons’ fourth straight win  -- and  fifth  overall in six matches --  by  swiping the ball away in the Sea Lions’ final offensive .

More importantly,  the win enabled Diliman to forge a three-way tie for the top spot with Olivarez  and Centro Escolar University at 5-1 at the end of the elimination round.

“Another job well done by our players. They are  really determined to win the  game and did not give  up even  after falling behind,” said Diliman coach Rensy Bajar.

Bajar, also the first assistant coach of  NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA,  thanked Diliman College president Sen. Nikki Coseteng and team spinsors Jerome Ngo and Wilson Sia of Gerry's Grill  for their support.

Import Kevin Gandjeto and John Mahari shared scoring honors for Diliman with 18 points apiece.

The scores:

First game

Diliman (79) --  Gandjeto 18, Mahari 18, Coquia 12, J Salazar 8, Brutas 8, Darang 6, Enriquez 5, E Salazar 2, Lisika 2, Sombero 0, Ligon 0, Bauzon 0.

Olivarez  (77) --Begaso 24, Castro 17, Elie 11, Almajeda 6, Lalata 6, Saguiguit 5, Uduba 4, Sala 3, Completo 1.

Quartercores: 23-20, 40-44, 64-64, 79-77.