CESAFI: SWU-Phinma topples CITU Wildcats, Wildkittens

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CESAFI: SWU-Phinma topples CITU Wildcats, Wildkittens
It was a tough day for the Cebu Institute of Technology University hoops teams, who fell to Southwestern University-Phinma in the college and high school divisions

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Southwestern University-Phinma dealt Cebu Institute of Technology University its fourth straight loss in the collegiate division and third straight loss in the secondary division of the CESAFI basketball tournament on Thursday, August 17 at the New Cebu Coliseum.

In the collegiate division, the SWU-Phinma Cobras arrested their 2-game skid with a 42-point demolition of the CITU Wildcats to finally post their first win of the season.

In the high school division, the SWU-Phinma Baby Cobras got back into the winning column with a 7-point outsmarting of the CITU Wildkittens.

Sir Shaquille Imperial led the Cobras with 19 points while Edmundo Bayhonan and Allyn Dyll Roncal chipped in 10 points each.

Only Mariel Muñez scored in double digits for the Wildcats with 14 points.

Each team also had a player thrown out for fighting with 5:40 left in the third quarter. Ejected from the Cobras was Jobanie Luz while Kerr Louise Nemil of the Wildcats was also thrown out.

Each will receive a one-game suspension, pay a fine of P5,000 and serve 4 hours of community service under the supervision of the Cebu City Sports Commission.

Gyle Patrick Montaño and Zareygel Rosano both led the Baby Cobras with 21 points.

While only two Baby Cobras scored in double digits, 3 Wildkittens finished the game in double figures, albeit for a losing cause.

Topscoring for the Wildkittens was Windzel Granada who sank 23 points with Kim Trigue and Marion Abinuman chipping in 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The high school game proved to be the more exciting of the two, deadlocking 5 times with 4 of them happening in the final quarter.

The Wildkittens had started hot, posting an 11-6 lead before the Baby Cobras warmed up to tie the game at 11-all and eventually taking the upperhand at 18-13 going into the second canto.

From then on, the Wildkittens never managed to take back the lead until the fourth quarter when they were able to go up by two points, 57-55.

After tying the game at 58-all, the Wildkittens managed to pull away to a 6-point advantage on Trigue’s lay-up, however, the Baby Cobras refused to concede the game and once again tied the game at 64-all on one of Montaño’s charities.

The Wildkittens still managed to go up by a point, 66-65, courtesy of Antonio Ancit Jr but after that, Montaño shot a triple and from there the Baby Cobras never looked back.

In the collegiate division, the Wildcats never had a chance when the Cobras went on a 19-0 run and containing them to only 6 points in the first quarter.

The Wildcats did manage to claw back but only came as close as 16 points before the Cobras pulled away to as much as a 42-point lead.

The Cobras were superior in all departments, averaging 59.2% on 2-point shooting as compared to the Wildcats dismal 28.7%. The Cobras also pulled a total of 54 rebounds while the Wildcats only managed 28 boards.  

Games Saturday, August 19

1 pm – CEC vs DBTC (High School)

2:30 pm- CITU vs UC (High School)

4 pm – SWU vs USC (High School)

5:30 pm – USPF vs USJR (College)


Scores – High School

SWU Baby Cobras (80) – Montaño 21, Rosano 21, Alburo 9, Flores 8, Sanchez 7, Isip 4, Odever 4, Aznar 2, Cabansay 2, Claracay 2.

CITU Wildkittens (73) – Granada 23, Trigue 14, Abinuman 13, Ancit 9, Hermosa 7, Hapin 3, Gaviola 2, Suson 2.


SWU-Phinma Cobras (87) – Imperial 19, Bayhonan 10, Roncal 10, Fernandez 8, Molina 7, Racho 6, Reyes 5, R Ugsang 5, Z Ugsang 4, Bilao 3, Pardo 3, Delos Santos 3, Luz 2, Polican 2.

CITU Wildcats (45) – Muñez 14, Sable 9, Kong 8, Bucao 7, Mumar 6, Jabines 1. – Rappler.com

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