USJ-R spoils UV’s au­to­matic fi­nals berth

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

GAMES TO­DAY (CEBU COLISEUM) 1 P.M. – HIGH SCHOOL ALL STAR GAME 2:30 P.M. – THREE-POINT SHOOTOUT 3:30 P.M. – SLAM DUNK COM­PE­TI­TION 4:30 P.M. – COL­LEGE ALL STAR GAME

There will be a Fi­nal Four in the Ce­safi ju­niors bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment. The Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars made sure of that as they beat the reign­ing cham­pi­ons Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, 76-68, dur­ing the fi­nal day of elim­i­na­tions yes­ter­day at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win snapped UV’s in­cred­i­ble 19-game win­ning streak dat­ing back to last sea­son. In spite of the loss, the Baby Lancers will still be the top seed at 8-1 and will face off against the fourth seed Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF).

The Univer­sity of Cebu (UC) takes the sec­ond seed and will face off against USJ-R which fin­ished with a 6-3 record.

UV and UC will have a twice to beat ad­van­tage. Ken­drick Abar­quez and Sean Co had 16 points each, the for­mer adding five re­bounds, two steals and four blocks.

Mean­while, peren­nial high school hoops pow­er­house and four-time C es afi cham­pi­ons Sa­cred Heart School-Ate ne ode Ce bu will not be in the Fi­nal Four af­ter they got beaten by the Don Bosco Grey­wolves, 61-64.

The heart­break­ing loss gave the Magis Ea­gles a 4-5 record at the end of the round-robin elim­i­na­tion round.

Don Bosco, al­ready out of con­tention for the next round, in­stead played like it was vy­ing for a spot in the semis, led by Miles Ri­cana who scored 12 points. Joshua Canoy also filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, seven re­bounds, five as­sists and three steals. The Grey­wolves ended this sea­son with a 2-7 record.

Com­ing off a loss to the USPF on Fri­day night, the Magis Ea­gles could not get any­thing go­ing and leaned on two­guard Koko Tua­dles who scored 34 points high­lighted by nine three-point­ers.

“It hurts that we missed the op­por­tu­nity to be in the play­offs this year. But I un­der­stand that this is bas­ket­ball and any­thing can hap­pen. I have to give credit to all our op­po­nents, they have done well,” said Ate­neo de Cebu head coach Rom­mel Rasmo. The last time the Magis Ea­gles did not make the play­offs was back in 2009.

“I am very proud of my play­ers that even if we came up short, I know that they worked hard and sac­ri­ficed a lot for the team. And I have faith that there is more out there for us. We will learn from this de­feat and will con­tinue to strive in the up­com­ing tour­na­ments,” he added.

Mean­while, USPF routed the Univer­sity of San Car­los, 77-52. The Baby Pan- thers were up six, 29-23, at half­time but broke the game wide open in the third wherein they outscored the Baby War­riors, 22-11, to take a 51-34 lead to the fourth. The Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gyUniver­sity also ended their sea­son on a win­ning note, crush­ing the Cebu East­ern Col­lege Dragons, 88-55.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

Popoy Ac­tub of UV Baby Lancers slips past USJ-R’s de­fend­ers dur­ing their Ce­safi high school di­vi­sion game at the Cebu Coliseum yes­ter­day.

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