THE reigning Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball champions Southwestern University (SWU) Phinma Cobras did not waste any time announcing their presence as they routed the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, 84-55, in the 2019 Minglanilla Mayor’s Cup Inter-Collegiate Christmas League, at the Minglanilla Sports Complex on Tuesday night, Dec. 10, 2019.
The Cobras are fresh off a tournament in Kibawe, Bukidnon but showed no signs of fatigue as they got off to a 10-0 lead and never looked back.
Senegalese forward Lamine Thiam and wide-bodied big man Red Cachuela had 12 points apiece to lead the way for the Cobras while Ramesh Alforque added 11.
SWU-Phinma was set to gun for its second straight when it faced the undefeated University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers (USPF) on Wednesday night, Dec. 11, 2019.
USPF has been on a hot streak of late, winning over USJ-R and then, the reigning champions UV Green Lancers, 111-105. Panthers wingman Sameen Swint was especially spectacular against UV as he produced a whopping 41 points.
In the exhibition match that preceded the collegiate game, the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers clobbered the Talisay City Aquastars, 109-75. (JNP)