THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)/ May Abohan rallied in the fourth quarter to overcome the University of Visayas (UV) SG-ARQ Builders, 91- 80, in the Cebu City Sinulog Cup-Basketball Invitational at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.
USJ-R found the answer in the fourth canto as they scored 34 points thanks to its pesky defense that lead into steals and points off turnovers.
Trailing by six points with 5:55 left in the fourth, USJ-R staged a powerful 15-0 run to turn things around and take a nine point lead, 84-75.
USJ-R’s Rj Dinolan and Kngsley Ewenike first connived with seven straight points with Dinolan scoring in the paint followed by Ewenike’s put back off a teammate’s free throw miss before the former converted the go-ahead layup, 76-75.
USJ-R kept UV at bay with eight points coming from Dinolan’s and-one play from Jaybie Mantilla’s pass before Ewike and Miguel Gastador scored with a back-to-back put backs to erect a nine point lead, 84-75, with 2:42 left.
Rey Anthony Suerte answered with a trey, 84-78, but Mantilla made two free throws and Gastador had breakaway layup off a steal for the game’s biggest lead, 88-78, with one minute left. USJ-R sealed the game with 91-80 score.
Gastador finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals for USJ-R, who clinched its second win in three outings.
Mantilla had an all-around game with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Ewenike finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
“We adjusted on our defense. We played box and one on their shooters,” said USJ-R head coach Edito Salacut after the game.
“We focused our defense on Suerte and when (Tristan) Albina started hitting his shot we played box and 1 defense on him,” said Salacut, who credit the win on the team’s defense.
Albina torched USJ-R early in the fourth quarter with eight consecutive points capped by a three-pointer to give UV a six-point lead, 75-69, with 5:55 time that forced Salacut to call for time. (RSC)