A night of wipeouts

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Landry Sanjo of Southwestern University Cobras faces two defenders from the University of the Visayas Green Lancers. The Cobras beat the Lancers 71-58 in their first meeting of the season. (Photo by Buen Josef Andrade/Sunnex)


THE Southwestern University Cobras kept their record clean while extending the misery of the defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers following a clinical 71-58 victory in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The UV Baby Lancers however made up for the loss of the college squad as they made history being the first team to totally shut down an opponent in an entire quarter on its way to score one-sided 142-36 win over the hapless Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves in the high school match earlier.

The Baby Lancers held the Greywolves without a point in the entire first half, a new Cesafi record after the Lancers held the University of Cebu Webmasters to a solitary point last Aug. 5.

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In 2009 season, the Baby Lancers also made history when they massacred the then helpless Cebu Eastern College Dragons by 155-points, 178-23, forcing the re-evaluation of CEC’s basketball program.

The following year, the Dragons won its first-ever high school basketball title.

Seven Baby Lancers scored in double figures, lead by Orlan Wamar who tallied 27 points. The other double-digit scorers were JC Escalona who had 23, Joshua Flores who scored 22, Ramish Alforque who made 18, Raul Jancork Cabahug who finished with 15 points, Dominic Jan Morre who added 12 and Dove Jones Verano who contributed with 10 points as UV improved to 3-0.

In the marquee collegiate match-up, behemoth center Jean-Marie Mpouma stepped up to help the Lancers keep up with the very tough Cobras.

However, after the first quarter, UV’s game started to mellow while the Cobras’ game went hotter.

Despite the absence of two SWU vital cogs, Daryl Goloran, who was nursing a fever yesterday and Adams Mohammad, who will be out for the next four weeks because of a foot injury, the Cobras still proved unstoppable with its new recruits Jasper Parker, Antonio Pardo and Jovanie Luz posing as the biggest assets that complemented the huge game of Cameroonian center Landry Sanjo.

SWU star guard and the league’s reigning MVP Mark Jayven Tallo was held to just 6 points by UV’s defense.

UV’s leading scorer Leonard Santillan meanwhile was held by the Cobras defense to just five points.

What kept the Cobras from breaking the game wide open, was UV's 1-3-1 defense which was successful in stopping the offense of the in most occasions.

The streak-shooting Pardo lead SWU to its fourth straight win in as many games with 16 points, Sanjo finished with 15 and American Bendley Valdor added with 12 while Mpouma topscored with 14 and John Abad added 12 as UV suffered its third defeat in four games.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 16, 2014.

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