IF THERE are still those who doubt them, defending champion Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras proved them wrong after a 79-58 rout of the young University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to score their fifth straight win in the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
In the high school matches, defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles picked their seventh straight win, 79-69, over the Cebu Eastern College Dragons.
The Eagles, the only undefeated team in the high school division, held the Dragons to just five points in the opening quarter then dropped a 32-16 blast in the third to build a comfortable lead so that even when CEC had runs in the final period, they still managed to win the game by 10 points.
Jair Igna scored 27 points, Arni Padilla added 15 and Jan-Jan Jaboneta finished with 11 for SHS-AdC , while Shann Christopher Tan led CEC with 22 points. Marc Obado and Chris Salac scored 12 points each and Earl Ibot made 11 for the Dragons, who dropped to 4-2.
The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers beat the University of Cebu (UC), 80-77, to improve to 4-2. UC dropped to 1-4. The University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors improved to 3-2 after beating the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 65-50. USPF is now 3-2.
Today, nine-time defending champions UV will try to get a tight hold of the solo second place as they play the equally dangerous USC Warriors in the main game at 6:15 p.m.
The college match will be preceded by the high school games between the UV Baby Lancers and DBTC Greywolves at 1 p.m., USJ-R Baby Jaguars and the USPF Baby Panthers at 2:45 p.m. and the UC Baby Webmasters and the USC Baby Warriors at 4:30.
In the college match, Cameroonian center Landry Sanjo showed glimpses of his mature game as he topscored the Cobras with 20 points.
He also had 17 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.
It was Sanjo’s presence that caught USJ-R struggling on offense that even its top rookie player Rendell Senining and team captain and leading scorer James Regalado struggled in the entire game.
After giving SWU a tough first quarter, USJ-R slowly started to feel the superiority of the opponents who started to break the game wide open.
USJ-R had its moments when they made a daring run that put them behind 41-42 with 5:49 left to play in the third period.
However, SWU regained its poise and countered with a 13-0 run and never looked back to stay one game away from sweeping the elimination round.
Mark Jayven Tallo added 14 and Daryl Goloran had 11 for SWU, while Christian Parker topscored USJ-R with 19 points.