THE University of Cebu Webmasters rode in on another stellar performance of John Jabello to score an upset against the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s champion University of San Carlos Warriors, 73-65, in the Asia Pacific University Games (Apug) at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation gym yesterday.
Meanwhile, home team USPF Panthers gave the favored Nippon Sports Science University of Japan a scare before conceding, 74-71, giving the Lions the best chance to win the title in the basketball competition.
After losing to the NSSU Lions, 90-83, last Friday, UC bounced back against the Warriors, who were playing without an import, and dominated the first quarter, 21-15. Jabello had eight points, including two triples in that period.
The Webmasters managed to build a 42-32 lead at the half with Justine Dacalos getting out of his scoring slump to score 10 points as UC continued to take control of the match.
It was only in the final period that the Warriors regained their form but it was too late for the Cesafi champions as the Webmasters were already primed to take the victory with Garciano Puerto and Geleant Delator leading the way.
Jabello and Dacalos scored 13 points each. Delator made 12 points and rookie Edwin Villarta contributed 10 points for UC. Ian Ortega scored the game-high 20 points, Charles Pepito finished with 17 points and William McAlloney had 16 points for USC.
UC scored its second win in three games following, 66-61, over the Universiti Technologi Mara (UTM) of Malaysia also yesterday with Puerto leading all scorers with 12 points and Delator contributing 11 markers.
USC also defeated UTM last Friday, 79-58, with Pepito scoring 15 points and Nico Magat adding 12 points.
Today, USC will try to hand NSSU Lions a defeat in their 3:30 p.m encounter at the USC Gym following the UTM vs. USPF game at 2 p.m.