TITLE favorites Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles and the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers picked their second win in as many games in the continuing semifinal round of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) High School Basketball Tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
The Magis Eagles rallied in the middle quarters to pick a 66-52 over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers win, while the Baby Lancers nearly wasted a 20-point lead before pulling a 77-70 win over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildkittens.
The Eagles recovered when they found themselves trailing, 11-14, in the opening quarter with Ain Obenza, scoring nine of the game high 19 points for the Baby Panthers.
SHS-AdC regained its footing when Joshua Sinclair found his range and led the Eagles to a 12-5 blast that gave the Magis Eagles the momentum and the lead, 23-19, at the end of the first half.
Zacky Huang then made his presence felt by scoring six points, while Travis Mantua added five and Nino Araw-Araw and Sinclair contributed four points each to help SHS-AdC survive the 12 points explosion of USPF’s Niprel Carbajosa in the third period.
The Baby Panthers, however, could not find a way to break the momentum of the Eagles who clamped down the offense of its leading player John Bryle Bahio, who was forced to a poor 1-of-11 field goal shooting and committing nine turnovers.
Bahio, however, grabbed the game high 10 rebounds, but scored only six points.
Sinclair topscored for SHS-AdC with 18 points, Mantua added 10 and Huang had nine points and eight rebounds, while Carbajosa was the other USPF player to score in double digit with 13 points.
UV welcomed the break out game of center Sam Schaub who dominated the middle along with Raul Jancork Cabahug.
After allowing CIT-U to command the first three minutes of the game, UV suddenly broke the game open following a 14-2 run that broke a 10-all deadlock at the 5:44 mark.
The Baby Lancers continued to pound on the Wildkittens using the combined firepowers of Schaub, Cabahug, Orlan Wamar, and JC Escalona to log its biggest lead at 77-57 at the final 5:16 mark of the game.
However, UV tacticians became complacent when they sent in the bench warmers in trying to finish the game.
UV paid for that mistake as it allowed CIT-U to drop a 13-0 run.
Luckily for the Baby Lancers its defense was enough to help them to cling on to its lead, despite being scoreless in the last five minutes of the game.