Cobras survive Lancers, 70-66-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
DEFENDING champions Southwestern University Cobras survived the end game scares for a 70-66 escape over archrivals University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the first sell-out game of the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
SWU team captain Monbert Arong scored 19 points on top of five rebounds, two assists and four steals to help the Cobras stay on course for the No.1 seed as they swept aside their biggest threat for the automatic semifinal seat.
High school defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles, on the other hand, kept their record clean following a clinical 78-62 win over the UV Baby Lancers, while the Cebu Eastern College Dragons beat the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, 69-65.
The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers also handed Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildkittens their third defeat, 80-70.
In the collegiate match, SWU was quick to establish control in the game and took advantage of UV’s turnovers to post a 19-6 lead with three minutes left to play in the third.
The Haier-backed UV struggled heavily on offense in the entire first half, which saw UV make only 10 of 16 from the line. UV missed 17 of its total 33 free throws.
It was shooter Venhur Villamor who sparked the Lancers as his triples started and ended a 13-3 run that got UV closer 34-31 after trailing, 31-18.
Arong, Bernie Bregondo and occasional baskets from Adams Mohammed and Fabrice Sewei kept the Lancers in the final half.
SWU had another run to take the lead anew, 65-55, with 3:07 to play but UV managed to come back behind the efforts of Wowie Escosio and John Abad to get within 67-66 in the final 1:22.
The Lancers had two chances to take the lead after the Cobras were called for two 24-second violation.
The first was at the 54.6 seconds mark and the last was at the 10.2 seconds but they failed to score on these opportunities when they, too, committed turnovers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 18, 2013.