The Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras dealt the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU) Wildcats their fourth straight loss, 87-45, in the collegiate contest of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball tournament, Thursday, August 17 at the New Cebu Coliseum.
Games Saturday, August 19
1 p.m. – CEC vs DBTC (High School)
2:30 p.m. – CITU vs UC (High School)
4 p.m. – SWU vs USC (High School)
5:30 p.m. USPF vs USJR (College)
Their younger counterpart, the Baby Cobras, also handed the Wildkittens their third straight loss, 80-73.
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.
The SWU-Phinma Baby Cobras, on the otherhand, got back into the winning column with a 7-point outsmarting of the CITU Wildkittens.
Leading the Cobras was Sir Shaquille Imperial who finished with 19 points. Lending him much help were Edmundo Bayhonan and Allyn Dyll Roncal who each added 10 points.
The Wildcats only had one player scoring in double digits, Mariel Muñez who put up 14 points. He also managed to pull down 5 boards.
The game became heated in the third quarter when the Wildcats’ Kerr Louise Nemil came to blows against the Cobras’ Jobanie Luz. Both were ejected and will be suspended for one game. They will also pay a fine of P5,000 and serve a community service of 4 hours to be supervised by the Cebu City Sports Commission.
The Baby Cobras, for their part, had Gyle Patrick Montaño and Zareygel Rosano both topscoring with 21 points. They were the only ones who scored in double digits while 3 of the Wildkittens scored in double figures, although it didn’t serve the team much as they lost.
Windzel Granada sank 23 points, Kim Trigue chipped in 14 points while Marion Abinuman contributed 13 points.
Of the two ballgames played, the one in the high school division proved to be more exciting. The game got tied five times, four of them in the final quarter.
It was the Wildkittens who had waxed hot at the start immediately erecting a 5-point lead at 11-6. But the Baby Cobras got their act together to score 5-straight on Montaño, Rosano and Matthew Earl Flores’ baskets and tie the game at 11-all.
The Baby Cobras then ended the first quarter in their favor, 18-13, and never relinquished the lead until the fourth quarter when they allowed the Wildkittens to take the upperhand and even pull away to a 6-point advantage, 64-58.
They, however, refused to give up and managed to bring back the game to square one when a freebie from Montaño brought the score to 64-all.
The lead exchanged hands one more time with the Wildkittens enjoying a slim 1-point lead at 66-65 albeit for the last time as the Baby Cobras then took the upperhand and never looked back enroute to the win.
While the Wildkittens had a fighting chance, it was a different story for their big brothers, the Wildcats, as they were silenced by the Cobras from the get go.
They were contained to just 6 points in the first quarter anchored on a blistering 19-0 run of the Cobras.
Though the Wildcats were able to get back into the game, the closest they could come was at 16 points.
Even though the Cobras slackened their defense in the final minutes of the ballgame, the Wildcats failed to take advantage and advance their score.
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.