UV tears USPF apart-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers vented their ire on the unsuspecting University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, showing no mercy in a 106-53 bashing in the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
UV, which suffered a frustrating, 70-66, loss to arch-rivals Southwestern University Cobras last Saturday, was as hungry as ever and employed an all-out defense to become the first team to score at least 100 points this season.
Two hours earlier, high school defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles were relentless from start to finish and registered a 70-53 win over the winless University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars.
Arvid Jason Ong led the balanced offensive attack of the Eagles with 10 points, while Giovanie Laguyo had 10. Ong made six when SHS-AdC sowed early terror by holding the Baby Jaguars to just three points in the first quarter.
The Eagles used a very well-oiled offense and defense that coach Rommel Rasmo did not even use a single time out from start to finish to score their fifth straight win in as many games.
Bryan Divinagracia scored the game high 18 points, all three-pointers, in USJ-R’s straight fifth loss.
In the college game, coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. used a different starting five but still, the intensity of the Lancers were eveident as they rolled hard at the start. They scored the first nine points of the game before allowing the Panthers to come close at 13-10, with Carlo Sano scoring 8, including two triples.
USPF’s challenge stopped right there as UV pounded hard this time with John Abad leading the charge.
With the Lancers employed a full court trap, the lead started to balloon and by the half-time break, UV was already heading to a blow out game, 49-23.
Despite playing with his third stringers, UV still managed to put up a very strong defensive stance in the final four minutes as Arvie Cabañero proved unstoppable by dominating the shaded lane.
UV’s crippling full court trapping defense held USPF to just two unsuccessful attempts in the final four minutes, while stealing Panthers’ possessions 11 times and scoring 14 points off those turnovers.
John Abad, who came off the bench, scored the game high 24 points, Alfred Codilla added 17, Cabañero finished with 16 and Raffy Octobre contributed 13. Jomarie Sollano and Michael Smith led USPF with 10 points. The team is now 0-3.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.