CESAFI: UV Green Lancers avenge finals loss to USC Warriors
CEBU CITY, Philippines - The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers finally avenged their finals loss last season to the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors by outsmarting the defending champions, 72-64, in their first meeting this season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) basketball tournament, Sunday, August 28 at the New Cebu Coliseum, downtown this city.
The rematch between the two finalists, however, was overshadowed by the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, who ended their 4-year, 31-straight losing streak by edging the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats, 69-67, in the first game of the collegiate division.
Roy Quiachon takes the honor as the Best Player of the ballgame with his double-double performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds. He also managed 4 steals.
The Wildcats had a chance to force a 5-minute extension on the Panthers, however, Reclear Navarro squandered his two gift shots with less than 10 seconds left and the Panthers took to the center of the court celebrating like they won a championship.
The win improved the USPF’s win-loss record to 1-4 while the CIT-U Wildcats end the first round of elimination with no wins this season.
The UV Green Lancers, on the other hand, stretched their streak to 5-0 and earned a share of the top spot with the Southwestern University-Phinma (SWU-Phinma) Cobras, whom they will meet on September 1 in their last game of the first round of elimination.
The reigning champion USC, for their part, drops to the third spot also in a tie with the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters as both teams carry a 2-3 win-loss record.
Both teams started out hot in the ballgame with 3 deadlocks in the first canto which ended with the Green Lancers enjoying a slim 1-point lead, 15-14.
However, from that point on, the Green Lancers never allowed the Warriors a taste of the lead and posted their highest advantage at 13 points, 63-50, on 5 straight points from Alfred Codilla in the third canto.
The Warriors came close at 3 points several times but could not just get past the Green Lancers.
Rey Suerte was named Best Player with his 17 points and 6 rebounds. His markers did not come easy as he had to overcome a tight defense underneath the basket but despite that, Suerte was even able to execute some beautiful shots.
In the high school contest, the UC Junior Webmasters form a three-way logjam at the top of the leaderboard with Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles and the Don Bosco Technology Center Greywolves after inflicting a 77-49 demolition on the USPF Baby Panthers. All three leaders hold a 4-1 slate.
The University of San Jose Recoletos Baby Jaguars, on the other hand, improved their record to 3-2 with an 83-62 rout of the SWU-Phinma Baby Cobras.
USPF Panthers (69) - Quiachon 18, Tenebroso 10, Sastrillas 10, Batac 10, Colina 9, Bajamunde 5, Cada 2, Mangyao 2, Avanceña 2, Ceniza 1
CIT-U Wildcats (67) - Bucao 16, Maglasang 14, Lucena 12, Pono 11, Sanchez 5, Navarro 4, Manatad 3, Rosell 2
UV Green Lancers (72) - Suerte 17, Codilla 17, Sackor 12, Balabag 8, Napao 7, Soliva 5, Gahi 3, Segumpan 2, Macion 1
USC (64) - Catapusan 15, Oleodo 12, Ntumba 10, Tagapan 8, Ecarma 8, Aslam 4, Laguyo 3, Tan 2, Langres 2 – Rappler.com