AFTER getting pushed to the limits by the cellar-dwelling Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats last Sunday, the University of San Carlos Warriors will face another tail-ender in the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers in the second round of the college division elimination round of the 2017 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum at 6:45 p.m.
Despite having a superior line-up, USC was nowhere near the level of its 60-39 domination over the Wildcats in its first round game last Aug. 13 and needed the four-point play of John Reel Saycon in the final 20 seconds to beat the Wildcats. CIT rode on a strong fourth quarter performance of Jamcerson Sable, Mariel Muñez and Mark Kong to push USC to the limits.
Tonight, USC (6-2) will need more than just Saycon to beat the Panthers (2-5) anew.
USC scored an 86-57 win over the Panthers last Aug. 10 and are expected to dominate USPF once again. But to do that, the Warriors must improve on their 24-of-66 field goal shooting they made against the Wildcats.
USC sorley missed the contribution of Victor Rabat, who was held by the defense of CIT-U to just four points. (RCM)