THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers showed no mercy as they held the listless University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars to the lowest production in the College Division, 70-37, at the end of the first round of the semifinal phase of the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
In the main game, the defending champions Southwestern University Cobras proved unbeatable as they whipped the struggling University of San Carlos Warriors, 74-59, to sweep their first round assignment.
The Haier-backed Lancers vented their ire on the helpless Jaguars who were stunned and got shut down in the early minutes of the game as UV built a 19-9 lead.
While USJ-R failed to come up with the right answers, UV continued to pounce on the Jaguars with their second stringers doing most of the damage as coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. opted to sit his starters in preparation for the tougher second round which will start on Monday.
Raffy Octobre topped the balance scoring Lancers with 13 points while no Jaguars player scored in double digits. Edmund Bayhonan led the team with eight.
In the main match, the Cobras were at their usual deadly form but USC was able to put a reasonable resistance.
But after Christian Laude led a short 9-2 run that put USC within 20-26 with 6:31 to play in the second period, things deteriorated for the Warriors, who lost their outside shot.
SWU started to make their moves in the third period with Adams Mohammed leading the offensive charge and Landry Sanjo taking care of business down low to give the Cobras a 53-34 lead at the 1:21 mark of the third period.
Without its three-pt. shooting and the lack of muscles in the middle, USC failed to make a run that could have given the defending champions a run for their money.
Surprisingly, SWU pulled a clinical victory with its star point guard Mark Jayven Tallo scoring only five points.
Mohammed topscored for SWU with 17 points, Sanjo added 15 on top of 16 rebounds and four blocks and team skipper Monbert Arong also had 15 markers.