AFTER winning their season debuts, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers and the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves will take on each other in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Season 2017 at the Cebu Coliseum today.
On the other hand, defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles will shooting for their second win against the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildkittens at 2:30, while the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons face the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers at 4p.m. The lone college game will be between the University of San Jose-Recoletos and the Southwestern University Cobras at 5:30 p.m.
UV survived the fourth quarter surge of the CIT Wildkittens before scoring a 68-62 win, while the Greywolves dropped a searing fourth quarter run to score a 73-63 victory against the USC Baby Warriors.
Both teams needed the antics of their old reliables and the help from the new comers to pull through.
UV went to Beirn Laurente in the dying minutes to repulse the attack of the Wildkittens while JJ Rosete and rookie Mar Leandro Actub provided help. On the other hand, JB Damolo, Miguel de la Torre and Grenald Malubay provided the points for DBTC, while Jayson Abejo, a former UC Baby Webmaster, also contributed.
The CIT Wildkittens will be up for a tougher test as they face the four-time champions Magis Eagles, who just demolished the Baby Panthers by 43 points last Tuesday.
In the main game, USJ-R will be shooting for its second win but the Cobras will try to regain their old form and will try to match the explosiveness of the Jaguars to prevent a bad start.
Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors waylaid another import-laden team after dominating the USPF Panthers, 86-57, to take the solo lead in the collegiate battle last Thursday evening.
The dominating game of the Warriors held USPF Nigerian center Rich Managor to only one point in 25 minutes of appearance of the court, allowing coach Bong Abad to try his bench players.
Recruits Joshua Marata and John Reel Saycon responded as they topscored with 12 points each for the Warriors, while Edwin Villarta was the lone USPF player to hit double-digit scoring with 13 points. (RCM)