Rookie rages for USJR

RENDELL Senining proved larger than life and worthy of the high trust rating of University of San Jose-Recoletos coach Edito Salacot, as the 16-year-old rookie guard led the Jaguars to an astounding victory, 79-66, over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats in the 2013 Cesafi Basketball Tournament held at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Senining whose lean but athletic frame packed a huge heart that could lead a tattered team to victory, delivered 19 points on top of seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The youngest of the basketball-playing Senining brothers had energy and hardcourt leadership that were very contagious as he roused his teammates when they were trailing by four points, 61-57, and when the Wildcats appeared to have control of the game.

CIT-U vs USJR in Cesafi Season 13
CIT University Wildcats Joshua dela Cerna (right) tries to break through the wall put up by USJR Jaguars’ Fletcher Galvez (left) during the Cesafi Season 13 game Tuesday night. (Allan Cuizon photo/Sun.Star Cebu)

The hustles and perfect defensive rotation led USJ-R to shut down the offense of the Wildcats for the next five minutes to turn a closely fought ballgame into a one-sided match the rest of the way. following a 17-0 blitz.


Senining’s teammate Fletcher Galvez, back from last year’s Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles, also lived up to expectations. The rookie power forward stood his ground in the middle and scored 13 points to help Miguel Tabaloc and the burly Matthew Parker contain the middle.

Another rookie sensation, Joshua de la Cerna from the CIT-U, proved unstoppable on his debut game as well, scoring the game high 32 points before his teammates failed to find him during the time of crisis.

Without Allan Dimco and as fellow rookie Vincent Minguito struggled to score for the Wildcats, de la Cerna took the scoring cudgel with the help of team captain Floyd Taboada.

But all they could do was to engage the Jaguars in five lead changes and six deadlocks and they enjoyed their biggest lead of four points, three times, 30-26, 59-55 and 61-57 until little by little they crumbled down the final stretch.

Baby Lancers

Meanwhile, the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers survived the tough challenge of the USJ-R Baby Jaguars to score a 66-57 win.

Emmanuel Villamor was the saving grace for the Baby Lancers as his timely baskets en route to scoring 15 points on top of nine rebounds helped UV pick its second win.

Prince Cañete also scored 15, Jun Kent Mazo and Ernesto Limetares each added 10 points
for UV, while Kherlie Pino led USJ-R with 17 points.
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