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The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors is enjoying the solo lead in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) Men’s Basketball Tournament after surviving the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in overtime, 67-62, when the regulation ended 58-all last Sunday, August 20 at the New Cebu Coliseum.
In the other collegiate game, the defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers annihilated the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU) Wildcats, 113-53.
The win allows the USC Warriors to enjoy a 4-0 streak while the UV Green Lancers goes 3-1. The UC Webmasters, on the otherhand, has yet to add to their single win in 3 games and the CITU Wildcats remain winless in 5 games.
The USC Warriors will be gunning for their fifth straight win Tuesday, August 22 against the Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras who holds a 1-2 slate.
Games Tuesday, August 22
5:15 p.m. USC vs CITU (High School)
6:45 p.m. USC vs SWU (College)
Leading the Warriors escaped from the Webmasters onslaught were Kent Michael Cabañog and Lucky Ecarma who each had 13 points while Victor Rabat chipped in 10 points.
Frederick Ngoh Elombi topscored for the Webmasters with 17 points and 15 rebounds while John Calvin Jabello added 15 points and Justine Dacalos, who hasn’t had a longer playing time in their previous games due to an injury, chipped in 11 points.
The Green Lancers scoring spree was led by Jayson Balabag with 20 points while Jerome Napao and Ted Saga had 14 points apiece.
Accounting for most of the Wildcats score were Mariel Muñez with 13 points with Steven Bucao managing 10 points.
The Warriors had looked like it was cruising to an easy win when they increased their 6-point lead in the second quarter, 15-9, to 10 points, 25-15, at the halftime break.
The Webmasters weren’t going to stay down for long as they rallied with a 9-0 run in the third canto anchored on a triple play by Dacalos to cut the Warriors’ lead to 3 points, 26-29.
A shot from the rainbow from Rabat and one gift conversion from Malcolm Joe Tan allowed the Warriors to be just at arms’ length, however, Elombi combined with Jabello to allow the Webmasters from wresting the lead and posting a 2-point advantage, 39-37, going into the final quarter.
The game got deadlocked four times in the ensuing quarter and with the Webmasters leading by a slim margin, 57-56, with only seconds remaining, Julius Salvador Cadavis and Cabañog failed to sink their attempts which would have given them the win in regulation.
Dacalos also had a chance to seal the game in Webmasters’ favor when he was fouled, but he only managed to convert one of his charities putting the score at 58-56.
With the time trickling out, John Reel Saycon pulled off a jumper to tie the regulation at 58-all just as the buzzer sounded and forged an overtime.
In the 5-minute extension, the Webmasters once again marched to a 4-point lead, 62-58, but a shot from the rainbow by Ecarma brought the Warriors to just a point behind, 61-62.
The bad free throw shooting of the Webmasters coupled with bad foul decisions eventually sealed their unfortunate fate as Elombi missed all 4 of his charities while Rabat and Saycon had no problem converting theirs for a 67-62 win.
USC Warriors (67) – Cabañog 13, Ecarma 13, Rabat 10, Saycon 9, Araw-Araw 7, Aranas 4, Mangubat 3, Cadavis 2, Marata 2, Oleodo 2, Tan 1, Trangia 1.
UC Webmasters (62) – Elombi 17, Jabello 15, Dacalos 11, Codilla 9, Dela Cruz 3, Gonzaga 2, Puerto 2, Tagudin 2, Kishimoto 1.
UV Green Lancers (113) – Balabag 20, Napao 14, Saga 14, Gahi 12, Testa 11, Albina 8, Villaceran 8, Soliva 7, Sackor 6, Tarrosa 5, Hassan 3, Segumpan 3, Cabahug 2.
CITU Wildcats (53) – Muñez 13, Bucao 10, Jabines 6, Kong 9, Laguna 5, King 4, Mumar 2, Rosell 2, Sable 2.