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.