THE Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons kepts their quarterfinal hopes alive after pulling down the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves back with a thrilling 63-60 win in the high school competition of the 2016 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.
The day was inspired by the presence of the Rio Olympics silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz, who encouraged the players to reach for their dreams and work hard for it.
Still smarting from a 73-48 loss to the defending champions Ateneo last Saturday, Don Bosco played tentatively all throughout and Dragons used that to their advantage to control the ball game.
CEC posted its biggest lead at 49-36 before the Greywolves had a rally in the final quarter.
The Dragons however kept their heads above-water and a triple by Harvey Sanchez before he fouled in the final minute secured the win for CEC.
Sanchez scored 17 points and Daniel Tempra added 16 to help CEC improve to 4-3, while Alje Mendez scored 15 points, Ken Gato made 11 and Grenald Malubay finished with 10 for DBTC, which dropped to 4-2.
During half-time of the University of Cebu vs. Cebu Institute of Technology-University game, Diaz gave a short speech before posing for pictures with Cesafi officials, coaches and some athletes of the Philippine Weightlifting Association (PWA) regional training center at the Cebu Coliseum Complex.
In the first game, UC picked its fifth win after beating CIT-U, 69-56, leaving the Wildkittens winless after six games.
Kyle Ordaniza topscored for UC with 13 points and John Bryle Cuyos added 10 as the Baby Webmasters gained a share of the lead at 5-1. Ivan Ares scored the game high 20 points and Lawrence Hapin added 11 for CIT-U, which has now been eliminated from the quarterfinal race.
The Southwestern University (SWU) Baby Cobras on the other hand went hard in the final quarter to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive with a 71-64 win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors.
Jun Reign Baculio scored 11 of this game high 22 points and Gyle Patrick Montano added nine of his 13 points in the final quarter to turn the tide around for the Cobras, who improved to 3-4. USC is also eliminated after dropping to 1-5.