THE University of the Visayas Baby Lancers learned the lesson of their dismal first round performance, and used the experience to bounce strong at the start of the second round of the semifinal phase of the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
The Baby Lancers dropped a searing 22-10 blast in the final quarter to score a 79-59 win over the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, who came into the game carrying a perfect 3-0 win-loss record after the first round.
Today, the second round of the college division will resume with the defending champions Southwestern University Cobras playing the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in the opening game at 5 p.m., while the UV Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos face off at 6:45 p.m.
June Kent Manzo III again proved to be the most lethal weapon in coach Delfin Pepito’s arsenal as he scored the game-high 26 points, including 13 that helped UV survive the third quarter uprising of the Dragons.
Fresh from its frustrating 67-65 loss to CEC last Wednesday, UV had its mindset zeroed on winning the game via a huge margin.
UV barely had a two-point lead in the opening quarter before making it a 34-28 lead at the halftime break.
CEC then found its rhythm in the third, but UV managed to hold on as Manzo took care of lighting up the scoreboard for the Baby Lancers.
But it was the overall performance of point guard JC Escalona, who scored 10 points on top of 14 rebounds and one assist, that made the difference for the Baby Lancers.