UV forces Sun­day win­ner-take-all

Green Lancers out­last Web­mas­ters to force Sun­day win­ner-take-all

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

The heart of a cham­pion just wouldn’t stop beat­ing as the reign­ing ti­tle­holder, Univer­sity of the Visayas Green Lancers forced a win­ner-take-all Game Three fol­low­ing their, 77-66 win over the Univer­sity of Cebu Web­mas­ters in last night’s Game 2 of the 17th Cesafi men’s basketball fi­nals at the Cebu Coli­seum.

Down by 10, 38-48, mid­way through the third, the Green Lancers pounced on the foul­ing out of Web­mas­ters guard Jus­tine Daca­los to snatch the win.

Daca­los was called for his fourth foul and be­cause of in­ces­sant com­plain­ing, was slapped with a warn­ing call – his sec­ond of the game – re­sult­ing in a tech­ni­cal foul. That was his fifth of the match, caus­ing his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion with 5:02 left in the third.

Daca­los al­ready has nine points and seven re­bounds when he fouled out. That’s nearly a dou­ble-dou­ble for the 5’6 guard.

With Daca­los gone, UV took con­trol and im­me­di­ately rat­tled off 13 straight points to grab the up­per hand, 51-48. Guards Tris­tan Al­bina and Jo­sue Segumpan sparked that mam­moth run by mak­ing 11 in that stretch which helped the Green Lancers bring a 54-51 lead to the fourth.

From there, the Green Lancers rushed in front, 68-60, af­ter Rey Suerte made a swoop­ing layup in tran­si­tion, with 2:40 left. The Web­mas­ters made one last push be­hind re­serve guard Michael Gon­zaga who scored five straight in­clud­ing a cor­ner triple that brought them to 65-68, 2:18 to go.

But the Green Lancers just wouldn’t budge as Jerome Na­pao re­sponded with his own three-pointer that sparked a game­clos­ing 9-1 run to give UV the se­ries-ty­ing win.

The two squads will play for all the mar­bles in Game Three, to­mor­row at 4 p.m. USJ-R’s Man­tilla named MVP Be­fore the game, Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos guard Jay­bie Man­tilla was named as the men’s MVP. He also snagged a spot on the Myth­i­cal Five along­side UV’s Suerte and Na­pao, UC’s JR Puerto and the Univer­sity of San Car­los’ John Reel Say­con.

Al­bina and Na­pao led the way for the men in green with 18 points each while Suerte filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 10 re­bounds, five as­sists, four steals and a blocked shot. Monic So­liva added 12.

Fred­er­ick Elombi paced UC with 19 but was kept off the boards, as he fin­ished with a mere four re­bounds. Joven Tagudin added 12 while Ruben Lu­dovice con­tin­ued his fine play with 10 points and 16 boards.


BAT­TLE OF IM­PORTS. Univer­sity of the Visayas im­port Bassier Sackor (left) puts up a shot against Univer­sity of Cebu re­in­force­ment Fred­er­ick Elombi dur­ing Game 2 of the De­safi men’s basketball fi­nals se­ries Fri­day night at the Cebu Coli­seum.


Jay­bie Man­tilla of USJ-R proudly raises his Myth­i­cal 5 and MVP tro­phies.

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