■ LANCERS FORCE A DE­CID­ING GAME VS. WEBMASTERS IN CESAFI BAS­KET­BALL FI­NALS

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A 77-66 win kept the Uni­ver­sity of the Visayas Green Lancers in its best-of-three cham­pi­onship se­ries against the Uni­ver­sity of Cebu Webmasters. They’ll meet again this Sun­day af­ter­noon in the 2017 Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion Inc. col­lege bas­ket­ball fi­nals. The Webmasters were ahead, 48-38, in the third quar­ter, when Jus­tine Daca­los was called for a foul on Joshue Segumpan. A tech­ni­cal foul send Daca­los out of the game, and with­out him, the Lancers man­aged a 16-0 run.

Tris­tan Al­bina, Jerome Na­pao lead UV with 18 points in Game 2 win UV Lancers, UC Webmasters face off in se­ries de­cider on Sun­day UC loses mo­men­tum af­ter Jus­tine Daca­los fouls out early in third quar­ter Tris­tan Al­bina and Monic So­liva pro­vided the key moves and helped the Uni­ver­sity of the Visayas Green Lancers nail a se­ries- equal­iz­ing 77-66 win over the Uni­ver­sity of Cebu Webmasters in Game 2 of the best- of-3 cham­pi­onship se­ries of the 2017 Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion Inc. (Cesafi) col­lege bas­ket­ball fi­nals.

Forty- eight hours af­ter their sec­ond and worst loss this sea­son and 24 hours af­ter watch­ing their Ju­niors team win the high school ti­tle, the Lancers sum­moned all their fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion and dis­played their cham­pi­onship pedi­gree, while the Webmasters col­lapsed in the fi­nal min­utes of the game.

UV showed it has found a way to counter Fred­er­ick Elombi, Jus­tine Daca­los, Gar­ciano Puerto and John Ja­bello on their way to win the game. But for Game 3, the Lancers need to be pre­pared for Ruben Lu­dovice, UC’s rookie rev­e­la­tion who had 10 points and 16 re­bounds.

While UV lim­ited Elombe to a sea­son-low four re­bounds—all from the of­fen­sive board—and shut him out in the sec­ond half, it was the re­bound­ing prow­ess of Lu­dovice and his spot up jumpers that kept UC in the game against the de­ter­mined Lancers.

Lancers had a blaz­ing start as the com­bi­na­tion of So­liva, Jerome Na­pao and Bassieru Sackor helped UV build a 12-point lead, 21-9, be­fore UC scored the fi­nal four points of the quar­ter to make it, 21-13.

UV par­ried the jabs mo­men­tar­ily in the sec­ond pe­riod, but UC could not be de­nied as Elombi led the charge by scor­ing 12 of his team’s 23 points to put the Webmasters ahead, 36-31.

The Lancers con­tin­ued to strug­gle in the next five min­utes of the third quar­ter, while watch­ing the Webmasters score a se­ries of bas­kets that put them ahead, 48-38, at the 5:20 mark.

How­ever, UV got the big­gest break of the game when Daca­los was called for a foul while try­ing to steal the ball from Joshue Segumpan.

Daca­los com­plained fiercely, forc­ing the ref­er­ees to slap him with a tech­ni­cal foul. Since a tech­ni­cal foul is charged as an ad­di­tional per­sonal foul, Daca­los fouled out of the game with still 5:06 left to play in the third quar­ter.

UC was never the same again and with­out the back court hus­tle and quar­ter­back­ing of Daca­los, UV man­aged to drop a 16-0 run to re­claim the mo­men­tum of the game.

With Rey Suerte fi­nally hit­ting his shots and Al­bina and So­liva pro­vid­ing the ex­tra threats, UV posted a nine-point lead, 65-56, at the 4:51 mark.

Puerto and Michael Gon­zaga pumped adren­a­line into the Webmasters by bury­ing a triple each in an 8-2 run to make it 6568 with 2:19 left to play but it proved to be the last push from UC. Jerome Na­pao coun­tered with a triple and UV fin­ished the job by scor­ing the next six points af­ter Puerto missed two of his three free throws in the fi­nal 1:40 mark.

Al­bina and Na­pao top­scored for UV with 18 points each. Suerte made 13 points and grabbed 10 re­bounds, and So­liva fin­ished with 12 mark­ers. Elombi scored the game- high 19 points and Joven Tagudin fin­ished with 12 points.

The de­cid­ing Game 3 will be on Sun­day at 4 p.m. /

SUN. STAR FOTO/AL­LAN DEFENSOR

RE­JECTED. Rey Suerte stops a drive by Gar­ciano Puerte in UC’s 11-point win in Game 2. Both teams are tied at 1-1 and will face each other again in Game 3 on Sun­day.

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