UC,USC still un­beaten

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jonas Rey N. Pane­rio CORRESPONDENT

THE M. LHUIL­LIER-Univer­sity of Cebu (UC) Web­mas­ters and the Cebu Land­mas­ters-Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC) War­riors zoomed to the top of the stand­ings af­ter they au­thored con­trast­ing wins in the col­le­giate di­vi­sion of the 2018 Ce­safi Part­ner’s Cup yes­ter­day at the Cebu Coli­seum.

The Web­mas­ters stepped on the throats of the Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy-Univer­sity (CIT–U) Wild­cats down the stretch and came away with a 77-56 win.

The War­riors, on the other hand, squeaked past the Casino Ac­tive-Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 67-63.

Both UC and USC tote iden­ti­cal 2-0 win-loss cards in the early stages of this pre­sea­son tour­na­ment of Cebu's pre­em­i­nent in­ter-school com­pe­ti­tion.

CIT-U ac­tu­ally led 11-10 af­ter the first 10 min­utes of ac­tion be­fore UC as­serted it­self late in the sec­ond pe­riod, where it dropped a 17-3 bomb to take a 33-20 lead into the half­time break.

The Web­mas­ters kept their foot on the gas pedal in the third, which they started with a 14-2 burst fu­eled by their tran­si­tion at­tack led by Cameroo­nian Fred­er­ick Elombi, Jan Ja­bello and vet­eran guard Jus­tine Daca­los. When the dust set­tled, UC had al­ready built a huge 26-point ad­van­tage, 48-22.

The Wild­cats, be­hind the steady hand of rookie Kenny Rogers Ro­cacurva, trimmed the deficit to a dozen points, 4557, but the Web­mas­ters were not to be de­nied as they got 10 straight points from lefty guard Paul Gali­nato to push their lead back to 23, 72-49.

Elombi scored 15 points, hauled down 14 re­bounds and blocked four shots while Daca­los and Gali­nato had 13 apiece. Ja­bello added 11.

John Reel Saycon, mean­while, con­tin­ued to be the an­chor for USC as he led the team with 17 points.

In the high school di­vi­sion, USJ-R emerged vic­to­ri­ous over USC, 66-60.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TEC­SON

Cagers from Cebu Land­mas­ters-USC and Casino Ac­tive-USJ-R race to gain ball pos­ses­sion in a Ce­safi Part­ner’s Cup game at the Cebu Coli­seum.

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