USC outlasts SWU

THE University of San Carlos Warriors wasted an 18-point lead before going full throttle in the final seven minutes of the game to beat defending champions Southwestern University Cobras, 76-64, in the 2015 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Meanwhile, Cesafi showed it means its “no-medical/ECG certificate-no play rule” when they had the high school and college teams of the Cebu Institute of Technology-University forfeit their games in favor of University of the Visayas.

“Please be informed that the games of CIT-U juniors and seniors teams are forfeited in favor of their opponents for failing to submit on time their players’ ECG. I wish to acknowledge CIT-U president Greg Escario for supporting the decision of the commissioner,” Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy said in text message.

The schools were required to submit the requirements after the commissioner’s office released the final line-up of players who were eligible to play last July 24.

“Dugay ra (deadline) when I submitted the final line-up, I told them already to get the ECG of the qualified players but as of the moment, I received nothing from CIT-U,” Tiukinhoy added.

Tiukinhoy released the final list of qualified players last July 24.

CIT-U athletic director Alex de la Torre did not appeal the Wildcats case for safety purposes.

“The result (ECG) is not ready yet for today’s game. (But) the point is CIT-U will not also allow its team to play without ECG. It just happened that we are scheduled to play and the ECGs are not ready yet. It’s safety first,” de la Torre told Sun.Star Cebu.

In the game, USC controlled the pace from the start and was able to build an 18-point lead, 47-29, at the 7:01 mark of the third period.

The Warriors, however, got complacent and the Cobras started a 23-3 blitz that got them to within 50-49 at the end of the third period.

A triple by Anton Pardo at the start of the final period gave SWU its first taste of the lead, 52-50, and the Cobras engaged the Warriors in an exchange of baskets. But USC sealed the win by holding the Cobras to just four points in the final seven minutes and 11 seconds.

Team skipper Nico Magat topscored for the Warriors with 16 points, Shooser Olago had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Charles Pepito and Ian Tagapan had 12 and 11 points, respectively. SWU had Mark Jayven Tallo scoring 14 points, Jovanie Luz hitting 12 and Melvin Holper finishing with 11 points.

Last Saturday evening, the University of San Jose-Recoletos dominated the University of Cebu, 85-68, with Mark Labares scoring 16 and Nelvin Navarra and Renzo Senining finishing with 10 points each for the Jaguars.
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