FOLLOWING their controversial forfeiture, the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers showed angst and vengeance and the hapless University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors were the unwilling victims, following a 78-58 decision to jump-start its campaign for the 2010 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school basketball competition at the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.

Effortless

Last Sunday, the Baby Lancers handed the defending champions Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) an effortless victory after the former failed to show up on its scheduled game.

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UV assistant coach Abel Bungcaras insisted they were not told of the changes in schedule.

“What we received was the schedule of games released on July 26 and not the revised one on July 28. Again, Cesafi should have informed us of the changes,” Bungcaras stressed.

The Baby Lancers played with a different mindset as they needed only one quarter to fine-tune their game before going full throttle to cut short the Baby Warriors.

After Anthony Gabriel Romaguerra and Harvey Junn Palapar scored six points each to lead USC, 16-14, UV tightened its defense and went to Alwin Aguirre to lead an explosive 23-9 blitz that gave the Baby Lancers a 37-25 lead at the bend.

Vincent Mendoza then led the UV scoring in the third period to neutralize another scoring binge by Palapar.

Rally

Smelling blood, the Nokia-NBTC provincial champions then went full throttle in the final period, leaving the hapless Warriors biting dust to pick up its first victory.

Mendoza topscored for UV with 21 points, Aguirre added 14 and Michael Smith finished with 11 while Palapar scored the game high 23 points and Romaguerra contributed 10 makersor the Warriors.