UC stuns UV in Game 1

UC ar­rests UV’s 12-game win streak to take Game 1

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Jonas Pane­rio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Univer­sity of Cebu (UC) head coach Yayoy Al­coseba lauded the team’s vast im­prove­ment this sea­son that was ev­i­dent in the Web­mas­ters’ stun­ning 85-77 win over the de­fend­ing champions Univer­sity of the Visayas Green Lancers in Game 1 of the 17th Cesafi men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment last night at the Cebu Coli­seum.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­coseba, his team is just peak­ing at the right time.

“They’ve shown mas­sive im­prove­ments as the sea­son went on and they are peak­ing here in the fi­nals,” said the veteran men­tor tasked with bringing UC back to the promised land after a six-year stint with South­west­ern Univer­sity-Phinma.

Ranged against a bat­tletested, veteran-laden squad, the Web­mas­ters barely blinked, lead­ing by as many as 16 be­fore pulling away in the last three min­utes be­hind the fear­less play of Cameroo­nian pow­er­house Fred­er­ick Elombi, John Ja­bello and Jus­tine Daca­los.

UCnowhasa1-0leadinthis best-of-three af­fair. It can end its five-year ti­tle drought with a vic­tory in Game 2 to­mor­row.

Elombi pow­ered the Web­mas­ters with 23 points, 12 re­bounds, five as­sists and three blocked shots. Ja­bello added 16 mark­ers and is­sued five as­sists while off guard Joven Tagudin contributed 14 points.

The Web­mas­ters put the Green Lancers on their heels early, zoom­ing off to a 24-20 lead after the first be­fore a 13-1 run capped by a Tagudin triple shoved them ahead by 16, 37-21.

The Green Lancers pulling to within one, 67-68, after a 9-2 run, but the Web­mas­ters re­fused to fal­ter and at­tacked the rim with Elombi and Ja­bello scor­ing on con­sec­u­tive drives be­fore JR Puerto scored on a put­back in tran­si­tion to raise UC’s lead to seven, 74-67, with 2:52 left.

UV scored the next four points to close to three, 7174, but UC was up to task, as Elombi swished in a freethrow jumper, Daca­los sank two free-throws, Ja­bello scored in tran­si­tion and Elombi added a free-throw to put them ahead by 10, 81-71, and seal the win with 56.3 sec­onds to go.

MVP con­tender Jerome Na­pao had 16 points and 13 re­bounds for the Green Lancers, whose 12-game win­ning streak got snapped.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

UC’s Fred­er­ick Ngoh Elombi goes up against UV’s Basierru Sack­our in Game 1 of the Cesafi men’s bas­ket­ball fi­nals at the Cebu Coli­seum.

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