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Pirates, Brahmans book quarters duel

ALPHA Bah fires a season-high 36 points to lift LPU-Batangas to an 80-70 win over Diliman College in the UCAL-PG Flex Linoleum Season 6. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UCAL

Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas turned to Alpha Bah’s flawless hitting from the stripe to whip Diliman College, 80-70, and set up an intriguing quarterfinal clash with University of Batangas in the Universities and Colleges Athletic League-PG Flex Linoleum Season 6 Saturday at the Paco Arena in Manila.

In his finest game so far, the 6-foot-5 Bah proved he’s not a one-dimensional kind of a player, hitting all of his 17 tries from the foul line and also going 5-of-11 from the three-point zone and 2-of-6 inside apart from grabbing 10 boards to complete another double-double.

The Pirates started strong, but wavered a bit in the second round before outscoring the Blue Dragons 19-10 in the third to regain the lead for good.

With the win, the Pirates finished fifth at the end of the two-phase elimination round, thus arranging a quarterfinals date with the UB Brahmans, who ended up fourth.

The first set of the quarters will be held on Thursday with the UB-LPU tiff set at 2 p.m. while No. 6 Diliman collides with No. 3 Olivarez College.

No. 1 seed and reigning titlist Centro Escolar University collides with No. 8 Guang Ming College on 9 March with the Scorpions enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.

Second-seeded Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas will also own a twice-to-beat when it faces No. 7 Manila Central University, which closed out its elims campaign with a 90-79 win over Philippine Women’s University.

Bah was ably supported by Kurt Lee Laput and Bhencent Butural who logged 15 and 13 points, respectively.

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