THE University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors remained at the top of the SBP division of the Milo Best SBP-Passerelle tournament Cebu leg after a one-sided victory over University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Gen. Maxilom Ave. campus gym in a rematch of last year’s finals.

The defending champions USC unleashed a 52-26 beating of UV, handing last year’s runner-up its first loss in the tournament last weekend.

The Baby Warriors were actually trailing after the first round, 10-7, but USC picked up the pace in the second quarter with Nicael Cabanero’s scoring six points in an 11-2 run to take a 27-12 lead at halftime.

It was Reinhard Jumanoy’s turn to shine in the third quarter as he scored all of USC’s points. USC again outscored UV, 9-5, in the third for a 27-17 lead.

The Baby Warriors had their best quarter yet, outgunning the Baby Green Lancers, 25-9, in the final period for a dominant 26-point beating. Jamanoy and Cabanero combined for 19 of USC’s 25 points in that quarter.

Jumanoy and Cabanero scored 16 points each to lead USC, while Karl Cua had six for UV.

USC clinched one of the top two spots in the semifinals and improved to 3-0. UV dropped to third place with a 1-1 slate. Idle SHS-AdC moved up to second place with a 1-0 record, while Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) sit at the bottom with 0-2.

SHS-AdC faces off UV at the SHS-AdC Mango Ave. gym this Saturday, while DBTC is up against USJ-R at the Recoletos Coliseum in USJ-R Basak Campus.