Panthers, Baby Warriors victorious against UC
CEBU CITY, Philippines - Underdogs ruled for the day as the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers and the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors outlasted both high school and collegiate teams of the University of Cebu (UC) to post their second wins this season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) on Tuesday, September 13, at the New Cebu Coliseum.
It was a day of upsets for UC as both the USPF Panthers and the USC Baby Warriors were teams ranked lower than them.
In the collegiate game, the USPF Panthers valiantly held off the UC Webmasters, 70-67, for their second win and tied the two-time CESAFI champions at 5th place as both now totes a 2-6 win-loss record.
Their younger counterparts, the UC Junior Webmasters, did not fare well as well as they succumbed to the USC Warriors, 60-67, and now has to share the 3rd spot with the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons as they now both hold a 5-3 card.
Just like in their first win this season, the USPF Panthers was led by Roy Quiachon, who was named Best Player of the Game for the second time as he sank the same number of points at 18 by going 4 out of 6 in 3FGs including 2 in the third quarter that helped his team put up a 13-point lead, 60-47, going into the final canto. He was also prolific in other areas such as pulling down 4 boards, and making 4 steals and 1 block.
Finishing in double figures for the Webmasters were Justine Dacalos and Garciano Puerto who had 15 and 13, respectively.
Topscoring for the USC was Steven Mendoza who finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block. Although he fouled out with a little more than 3 minutes remaining in the ballgame. Also contributing to the Baby Warriors win were Gerald Inigo and Clint Anthony Octaviano who had 12 markers each.
The UC Junior Webmasters were led by Gelmart Umpad with 19 points and John Bryl Cuyos with 15 points.
USPF Panthers (70) - Quiachon 18, Colina 14, Cando 11, Cada 8, Alocillo 5, Bajamunde 5, Sastrillas 5, Batac 3, Mangyao 1.
UC Webmasters (67) - Dacalos 15, Puerto 13, Delator 9, Codilla 6, Suelto 6, Jabello 5, Culango 4, Baustista 2, Nazareno 2, Paghasian 2.
USC Baby Warriors (67) - Mendoza 13, Inigo 12, Octaviano, C. 12, Barliso 9, Bande 8, Callelero 5, Galvadores 4, Barola 2, Garro 2, Balbuena 1.
UC Junior Webmasters (60) - Umpad 19, Cuyos 15, Casera 9, Ordeniza 6, Abejo 5, Inso 3, Gabisan 2, Angco 1.
Team Standings as of September 13
1. SWU-PHINMA - 9-0
2. UV - 6-2
3. USJ-R - 5-3
4. USC - 4-4
5. UC - 2-6
6. USPF - 2-6
7. CIT-U - 0-7
1. SHS-Ateneo - 7-1 **
2. DBTC - 6-2 *
3. UC - 5-3 *
4. CEC - 5-3 *
5. UV - 4-2
6. USJ-R - 4-4
7. SWU-PHINMA - 3-5
8. USPF - 2-5
9. USC - 2-6
10. CIT-U - 0-8
** Clinch automatic semifinals berth
* Clinch playoff berth – Rappler.com