USJ-R nips USC, deciding match set Sunday-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars mustered all the strength they have to defeat University of San Carlos in Game 2 by a hairline, 76-75, to stay afloat in their best-of-three series for 3rd place in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) men's basketball Thursday night at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Jaguars and the Warriors will meet Sunday afternoon for the deciding Game 3.
The USJ-R squad was struggling in the get-go with the Warriors, headed by Cameroonian Ahmed Salihou, leading 24-18 at the end of the first period.
Salihou dominated both the rebound and the painted area with 9 points in the 1st quarter as well as Victor Rabat with 10 points from back-to-back free throws.
In the 2nd period, the Jaguars slowly cut the lead with forward Dale Cinco’s hustle play raking points for USJ-R. Miguel Tabaloc sank a triple and also nailed a buzzer-beater to end the quarter with just a 3-point deficit, 40-37.
The Jaguars gained confidence at the start of the 3rd quarter running their plays. Matthew Parker scored back-to-back points from a nice run by the Jaguars with 8 points in the game.
It was a quiet quarter for the Warriors as Ian Ortega and Miguel Plata failing to step up on their outside shooting. USJ-R gained a 7-point advantage at the end of the 3rd quarter, 57-50.
The final period proved to be a game of will as the Warriors became explosive thanks to Miguel Plata’s two treys. USC team captain Nico Magat also sank 2 triples in the game.
It was a rubber match throughout the period with the Jaguars securing the lead, 73-70, with 1:45 left. But USC tied the game when Plata scored 3 free throws after he was fouled by James Regalado with 1:33 left.
Kiefer Lim of USC then scored 2 freethrows from a foul by Christian Parker in the 1:13 mark with USC taking the lead, 75-73. Karl Lajato of the Jaguars then tied the game 75 apiece with 49.6 left.
But it was the end game heroics of forward Tabaloc that gave USJ-R a fighting chance as he ended up drawing a foul and nailing 1 free throw making the score 76-75 in Jaguars’ favor.
The Warriors were in possession with the final 16.9 seconds but Jaguars small forward Dale Cinco made a steal. USC’s Plata failed to score from beyond the arc in the dying seconds. (Buen Josef Andrade/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2013.