USC rules Milo SBP-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
WHAT was supposed to be a close championship match turned into a one-way affair as the University of San Carlos (USC) routed the University of the Visayas, 70-25, in the SBP championship game of the Milo SBP Paserelle Twin Tournaments at the USC North Gym last Saturday.
At the start, the match was a bit competitive, with the Baby Warriors just ahead by seven points, 17-10, over the Baby Green Lancers.
Things got out of hand in the second period as USC outscored UV, 23-4, for a commanding 40-14 lead at halftime. Joseph Berdin led that charge with nine points.
UV’s scoring woes continued in the third quarter with USC outscoring them, 20-5, thanks to the dynamic duo of Juan Climaco and Mikhael Rusiana, who both combined for 12 points. USC had a dominant 41-point, 60-19, lead going into the final period of the championship match.
It was the same story in the fourth as USC held UV to another single-digit scoring quarter, outscoring them 10-6 for the final count.
It was USC’s most lopsided victory of the tournament. The Baby Warriors, unbeaten in the tournament, had an average winning margin of 30 points, going into the final game of the Cebu leg. ZJ Enriquez, who won the MVP award, led the defending champions USC in the scoring department with 13 points, while Joshua Betinol added 10.
With its second straight Cebu title, USC will now defend its Visayas crown in the Visayas Regional Finals on Oct. 13 and 14.
Last year’s runner-up Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) salvaged a third place finish after a 42-39 win over Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC).
In the Paserelle division, UV finished at the top following an unbeaten finish in the elimination round.
UV finished with an unbeaten 6-0 slate with wins over SHS-AdC, 39-30, and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), 67-24. SHS-AdC beat DBTC, 73-49, to finish the eliminations at the third spot.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 03, 2013.