Cebu Colisuem – The University of Cebu Webmasters are one win away from capturing its second consecutive Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) college basketball crown. After taking Game 1 87-84, the UC Webmasters needed overtime to down the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras , 91-84, in Game 2 of their best of five series.
The game was very close between the two evenly-matched finalists. The defending champions UC controlled the first 3 quarters before the Yayoy Alcoseba-mentored SWU made daring 15-4 run to grab the lead, 68-66, with less than 5 minutes left in the game. Big man June Mar Fajardo knotted the game at 68-all but Cobra’s Joseph Nalos responded with a one-man 5-0 blitz to lead SWU to 73-68 lead. UC’s Luigi Bercede and SWU’s Rene Pacquiao exchanged twinners for 75-70 score. UC then scored the last 5 points in regulation. The last came from Bercede who was in the charity stripe with a chance to win the game if he made both of his free throws but he only made one to extend game for another 5 minutes.
UC started the overtime with a 6-0 run behind the efforts of Fajardo and Robinson Mohammad. The fouling out of 6-6 center Justin Aboude made matters worse for the Cobras as UC took advantage and built a 10-point spread with less than a minute left in overtime. UC just let the clock run out for their second straight victory in the finals series.
High school series tied
The University of the Visayas Baby Lancers seemed to be determined to make sure that a basketball title will be awarded to their school this year as they upended last year’s runner-up Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles ,81-56, in Game 2 of the high school finals series. The 25-point rout avenged UV’s 82-94 loss in the opening game of their best of five series.
The Magis Eagles actually started very strong in Game 2 as they took a 22-12 after the first ten minutes of play. UV, however, owned the second period as they outscored and out hustled SHS-AdC 30-11 for a 42-33 halftime lead. The onslaught continued in the 3rd period as the Baby Lancers extended the lead to 19 before coasting in the 4th period and settling for an emphatic 25-point victory.
One of the keys of the game was UV’s defense that held burly Julius Cadavis to just 5 points. UV also spoiled the return of Energen Pilipinas Under 16 youth team member Renzar Henry Asilum, who just scored 2 points in the game.
Andres Desiderio and Ron Dennison led UV with 19 and 16 points , respectively, while Patrick Go had 16 points for the Magis Eagles.
The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers drubbed dethroned champs Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons for third place in the high school division. The third placing in college was earned by the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors after beating the UV Green Lancers.
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