UV de­thrones Ate­neo de Cebu

UV Baby Lancers de­throne Ate­neo de Cebu via 2-0 sweep in Ce­safi high school fi­nals

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

The Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers shot down Sa­cred Heart School-Ate­neo de Cebu Magis Ea­gles, 72-65, in Game 2 to sweep the fi­nals se­ries and be­come the new cham­pi­ons in the high school di­vi­sion of the 17th Ce­safi bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment last night at the Cebu Coli­seum.

Their backs against the wall af­ter los­ing a 13-point third pe- riod lead and two of their best play­ers – JJ Rosete and Jim Paul Amis­toso – gone af­ter foul­ing out, the Baby Lancers kept their com­po­sure and leaned on the clutch shot­mak­ing of wing­man Froi­land Ma­glasang and Joshua Yerro to earn the huge vic­tory and emerge vic­to­ri­ous in the best-of-three af­fair, 2-0.

Ma­glasang fin­ished with a team-high 15 points to go with five as­sists and three steals. Rosete bounced back from a hor­ren­dous Game 1 and put up 14 points while Beirn Lau­rente, who was named as the league MVP, pitched in 11.

Af­ter trail­ing by five early in the game, the Baby Lancers found their bear­ings and grabbed the up­per hand with a 9-0 start to the third to build a 38-25 lead.

The Magis Ea­gles fought back with 11 straight points be­fore the Baby Lancers set­tled for a 51-44 lead head­ing to the penul­ti­mate chap­ter.

Ate­neo de Cebu found its sec­ond wind and surged ahead, 5453, with a 10-2 blast sparked by point guard Franz Diaz, who scored eight straight.

But that proved to be the last time the Magis Ea­gles held the lead as the Baby Lancers re­sponded with a triple by Ma­glasang, a free-throw by Yerro and a tran­si­tion bucket by Jhiey Par­aldo to nudge ahead, 59-54.

The Magis Ea­gles closed to within three but UV held its ground and pulled ahead by eight af­ter five straight freethrows by Ma­glasang, Yerro and Par­aldo.

The game even­tu­ally be­came a free-throw shoot­ing con­test down the stretch but UV proved stead­ier, mak­ing three straight to emerge vic­to­ri­ous and snap Ate­neo de Cebu’s four-year run at the top.

Big man Alex Visser scored 14 points and pulled down 11 re­bounds to pace the boys in blue. Diaz and Patrick Yu fin­ished with 13 apiece.

The Magis Ea­gles how­ever, missed the usual pro­duc­tion of Jed Colo­nia and Chris­tian Manay­tay, who com­bined for just 10 points on 4-of-16 shoot­ing.


The UV Baby Lancers cel­e­brate their ti­tle vic­tory at the cen­ter court af­ter they de­throned high school cham­pi­ons Sa­cred Heart School-Ate­neo de Cebu Magis Ea­gles.

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