THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers started strong and leaned on sheer talent to crush the smaller and shorter University of Cebu Webmasters, 77-62, in the collegiate division of the 2015 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Batang Gilas U-18 member Leonard Santillan joined efforts with Cameroonian center Steve Cedric Akomo and Alwin Aguirre to jumpstart UV’s campaign and build a 22-13 lead in the opening quarter.
Vincent Mendoza and rookie Jayson Balabag then kept the scoreboard lighting up for the Green Lancers and created a 41-27 lead at the halftime break.
UC tried to retaliate behind the concerted efforts of Justine Dacalos, Joseph Mayol and Alfred Codilla, who cut down UV’s lead to 12, 47-59, upon entering the final period.
However, the handicap of the Webmasters proved to be their biggest hurdle when facing the bigger, taller and battle-scarred Lancers.
Despite the victory, it was not a flawless performance for UV after posting 31 turnovers, which came mostly from steals made by the Webmasters. What prevented UV from winning by a wider margin was its erratic game, that has been hounding the team since their near-loss to the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars last Thursday.
UV committed a total of 31 turnovers that mostly came from the steals made by the Webmasters.
Luckilu for UV, UC was also struggling. As they committed 25 turnovers, many of those were through miscommunication.
Santillan and Aguirre each had 13 points and Mendoza contributed 12 for the Lancers, while Dacalos was the lone Webmasters to score finish in double-digit with 16.
Meanwhile, high school defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles scored their second victory after scoring an emphatic 72-47 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildkittens.
The Magis Eagles opened the game with a 23-10 blitz with Eroll Pastor, Jed Colonia and Alex Visser scoring a combined 16 points to help SHS-AdC impose an early domination.
A 21-13 blast in the third quarter totally wiped out the remaining resistance of the Wildkittens, who dropped to 0-2 after losing their first game of the season via fortfeiture.
Andrew Velasco led all scorers with 13 points, Phil Renzo Calumpang and Patrick Wilson Yu had 10 points each.
In the other high school match, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers handed the UC Baby Webmasters their second defeat following a 93-68 bashing.
Ain Obenza exploded with 14 points in the final quarter to lead a crazy 33-17 run of the Baby Panthers who logged its first win in three games.
Obenza scored the game high 28 points and George Comet added 15 for USPF while Jason Abejo topscored UC with 16 markers, Luigi Gabisan scored 15 and Froilan Mangubat added 12 as the Baby Webmasters slipped to 1-2.