THE University of Cebu Junior Webmasters took extra care of every possession and used errors of the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers to its advantage to beat the fancied opponents in a thrilling 70-64 game in the high school tournament of the 2015 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball Tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Tuesday.
UC, however, wasted a 15-point lead, and battled through a hotly contested second half before the match went down to the crucial possession game.
UC proved steadier at this stage while the rookie-laden UV crumbled as John Bryl Cuyos and Froilan Mangubat took up the scoring cudgels for the Baby Webmasters.
Beirn Anthony Laurente rallied UV from the deep pit with his triples.
UV completed its comeback when they outscored UC, 15-4, in the first 5 minutes of the third, with Laurente sinking three triples and Cabahug contributing six points, to build a 37-32 lead.
However, UC came back on top riding on the backs of Mangubat and Luigi Gabisan, 40-34, at the 3:42 mark of the third.
Both teams took turns in taking the lead, until UV had its last hold at 60-58 in the final 3:59 mark.
Cuyos and Mangubat nailed a triple each to secure the game for the Baby Webmasters.
Cuyos topscored for UC with 19 points, Mangubat made 18 and Gabisan tallied 17 while Cabahug scored the game high 27 points for UV and Laurente finished with 19 markers.
Cabahug also had 19 rebounds but UV was out rebounded by UC 40-33 while UC gave up only 11 turnovers, UV committed a total of 34.
The victory improved UC’s standings to 3-2, UV dropped to 2-3.