AMERICAN Bendley Valdor had another break out game to lead the Southwestern University Cobras to a clinical victory over the sliding University of Cebu Webmasters, 75-36 at the final day of the first round of elimination phase of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
Valdor finished with 17 points on top of eight rebounds, a performance that gave SWU starting center Landry Sanjo extra time to rest at the bench. Sanjo proved to be the leading scorer for the Cobras as he finished with the game high 19 points.
SWU’s superiority was evident from the start of the game as the struggling Webmasters fell early to a 19-9 blast that was followed by a 31-17 tear that gave the Cobras a 31-17 lead at the half.
Feeling the lightness of the opponent, coach Raul Alcoseba gave his second stringers the chance to gain exposure as he gave lanky center Rey Mark Acuno and forward Mark Christopher Racho more playing time and a chance to contribute for the Cobras.
Jovannie Luz also stepped up for the Cobras as the wily guard scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He also dished out three assists and pulled three steals as SWU finished the five game first round assignments unscathed.
Jan Auditor topscored for UC with 12 points, while rookie guard Justine Dacalos added 10. UC dropped to 1-4.
Meanwhile, the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors survived a scares before pulling a cliffhanger 65-64 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildkittens to stay unbeaten after three games.
CIT-U had a good start as Joshua Philip Manatad scored 10 and Justine Jules Langres added 6 points that helped the Wildkittens build a 25-20 lead in the opening quarter.
However, USC displayed a well-balanced offense and defense game as they outscored the Wildkittens 16-8 in the second period.
The game was pretty close at the start of the second half and USC began to feel the weight of the opponents when three of their vital players fouled out in the game.
Chico Maravilla was the first to go at the 4:18 mark, then followed by Marc Ting at the 1:12 mark and Kent Malazarte at the final 43.6 seconds of the game.
However, USC still had its meanest weapon, Jean-Jacques Antigua who was responsible in keeping the Baby Warriors intact when the Wildkittens started to scratching in the final seconds of the game.
Antigua finished with 16 points, Malazarte added 15 before fouling out and Neon Chavez added 10 as USC snapped the two game winning run of CIT-U.