Jaguars give Lancers serious biz

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) Jaguars were dead serious in their rebuilding efforts as they showed half of their potentials seven months into the new basketball season after handing the highly-touted University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers an overwhelming 82-72 overtime win in the 2014 Cebu City Mayor’s Sinulog Cup at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Standing in the Jaguars’ way from sweeping the elimination round assignment are the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, their final assignment at 7 p.m. tonight following the game between the Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos Warriors at 5:30 p.m.

As of press time, SWU was playing the Warriors, where a win by the Cobras will render today’s games non-bearing.

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Again, UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. relied on his rookie players to finish the game, even playing without a legitimate point guard for the last 10 minutes of the game with his ace playmaker John Abad riding the bench the rest of the way.

The Lancers, however, had a chance to win the game when Rey Anthony Suerte, who played point guard for UV was rewarded with three free throws after he was fouled by Raymond Catipay on his attempt for a triple.

USJ-R was leading by two, 65-67, after Wowie Escosio split his charities at the final 12.5 seconds of the regulation period.

UV managed to force USJR to commit a turnover—a backing violation, 2.1 seconds later.

Battling through the tough defense of the Jaguars, Suerte was forced to take the shot at the 5.9-second mark. Luckily, he was rewarded with three free throws when Catipay was slapped with the foul.

Suerte sank the first two, but missed the third and USJ-R collared the rebound, but failed to make a decent attempt against the tough defense of the Lancers.

However, coach Jun Noel was not happy as he ordered his boys to march to the dugout when USJ-R got no whistle on the last sequence of the game.

But after nearly three minutes, the Jaguars returned to the court and the game resumed with the additional five minutes.

The strategy somehow worked for USJ-R as they kicked the extra period with a 10-1 blast while the Lancers failed to come up with answers.

USJR team skipper James Regalado scored the game-high 24 points, Mart Mutya and Quentin Luzoladio added 17 points each and Catipay added 10 while Steve Cedrick Akomo and Escosio each made 12 points, Jean-marie Mpouma scored 11 and Suerte finished with 10 points.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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