UV faces SHS-Ate­neo for a ti­tle anew

The Freeman - - SPORTS - Colum­nist

We’re go­ing to have yet an­other show­down be­tween the Univer­sity of the Visayas and Sa­cred Heart School-Ate­neo de Cebu. This time, it’s for the Un­der 19 age group of the Cebu Youth Bas­ket­ball League at the on­go­ing CYBL 3rd Con­fer­ence af­ter both teams scored wins in the semi­fi­nals over the week­end. UV ral­lied to oust USPF 65-59, while SHS-Ate­neo staved off a re­silient WJC Auto Sales side, 68-61.

UV trailed USPF, 1524 and 32-43, af­ter the first two pe­ri­ods, then made its move in the sec­ond half to over­come an up­set-seek­ing Baby Panthers side. The Baby Lancers trimmed the lead to 47-51 af­ter three pe­ri­ods, then went to the hot hands of Den­zel Sabroso who had eight fourth pe­riod points to fi­nally over­take USPF in the fourth quar­ter and book a trip to the fi­nals.

Ken­neth Brillo led UV with 14 points while Sabroso added 13. Ken Gato led USPF with 21 points. In the other semi­fi­nal game, the Magis Ea­gles led from start to fin­ish in a close game where they couldn’t break away and had to deal with fight­ing WJC team.

Af­ter tak­ing leads of 1815, 32-29 and 46-40 af­ter the first three quar­ters, SHSAte­neo fi­nally cre­ated breath­ing room in the fourth quar­ter be­hind Ray Lewis who had seven points in the stretch.

Lewis led the team with 13 points while Hans Mesina and Dar­ren Ngo had 12 apiece. The UV-SHSAte­neo show­down will be third cham­pi­onship game for the two teams. SHSAte­neo won the SBP di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship of the SBP Passerelle tour­na­ment over UV be­fore UV took the CESAFI Ju­niors di­vi­sion ti­tle over SHSAte­neo de Cebu.

In other games, UV teams went 2-0 in the Un­der 10, 12 and 15 di­vi­sions. Don Bosco also re­mained un­de­feated at 2-0 in the Di­vi­sion 1’s Un­der 12 age group. In Di­vi­sion 2, Mon­terey School of Tal­isay re­mained un­de­feated at 2-0 in the Un­der 12 and 15 age groups. One on One-B (U12) and ATS 1 (U15) also re­mained in­scathed, also in Di­vi­sion 2 play.

The CYBL 3rd Con­fer­ence is the year-end­ing tour­na­ment of the CYBL.

A to­tal of 73 teams are see­ing ac­tion in four age groups: Un­der 10, 12, 15 and 19. The Un­der 12 and 15 age groups are split into two di­vi­sions with the stronger teams play­ing in Di­vi­sion One while the de­vel­op­men­tal teams play in Di­vi­sion Two.

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