Warriors stretch winning run to 6-A A +A
Friday, August 29, 2014
THE University of San Carlos Warriors survived the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats, 73-68, to stretch their winning run to six games in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament last Wednesday.
Today, the Wildcats (2-5) will be facing another tall order when they play the limping Southwestern University Cobras (5-1) in the main game at 6:45 p.m. game after the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles (6-0) vs. Cebu Eastern College Dragons (1-5) opening game at 5:15 p.m.
The Cobras are still smarting from a one-point loss, 56-57 to the Warriors last Monday that ended their five-game winning streak. SWU is still missing the services of Daryl Goloran who was sidelined due to hamstring injury and Adams Mohammad who is still recuperating from a foot injury.
Starting point guard, Jasper Parker is also a doubtful starter as he limped out of the game last Sunday and did not return when his services were needed most by coach Yayoy Alcoseba.
It was Parker who scored the winning basketball on their first meeting with the Warriors last Aug. 3.
In the game against the Wildcats, the Warriors played hard in order to keep CIT-U at bay.
With CIT-U seeing another breakout games of leading scorer Joshua Dela Cerna and Allan Dimco, the Warriors could not pull away and were even threatened on several occasions before the final buzzer.
After trailing by nine points, 42-33, CIT-U got closer, 44-42 after a quick 9-2 run.
Congolese Espoir Toyambi helped bring life back to the Warriors but the Warriors anemic free throw shooting helped CIT-U catch up with USC.
In the third period, USC made only one-of-14 free throws, allowing CIT-U to come within 53-51 at the close of the third period.
Cameroonian Shooster Olago however proved to be a better free throw shooter than Toyambi as he sank 4 of 5 free throws on his way to score nine points in the final period.
Olago scored 16 points and Toyambi added 13 as USC improved to 6-1. Dela Cerna scored 26 points and Dimco finished with 25 points for CIT-U’s fifth loss in seven games.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2014.