Baby Wildcats wins close game vs. UCLM, ends 5-game slump

Darryl Versales of the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CIT-U) gets two University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) players up in the air on his way to the basket. (SunStar foto/ Amper Campaña)

THE Cebu Institute of Technology-University Baby Wildcats put an end to their five-game slump with a 76-74 win over the University of Cebu-Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue in the 2019 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) high school basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Sol Jade Tirol led the victorious CIT-U squad with 22 points while big man Darryl Versales put up 20 markers. Christian Sullano and Erick Cabrera added 11 and 10 points, respectively, to give the Baby Wildcasts just their second win in seven matches.

It was a close match all throughout but CIT-U pulled ahead, 72-68, after a corner three-pointer by Tirol and a free-throw with 2:50 to go. The win appeared to be in the Baby Wildcats’ bag after another free-throw by Tirol and a straightaway three-pointer by Cabrera gave them a 76-70 lead with 1:48 remaining.

However, the resilient UCLM trimmed the deficit down to two after baskets by Ryan Nemenzo and Karym Saz, 27.8 seconds left on the clock. They even had a shot at tying or even taking the lead after CIT-U’s Daniel Rollon missed two from the charity stripe.

But Jose Tongcos came up with a huge defensive stop, swiping the ball away from Nemenzo to seal the victory for CIT-U.

Kurt Jalalon led UCLM — which remained winless in five games — with 18 points while Saz had 16. (SunStar Cebu)


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