THE University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters survived the tough challenge of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 74-66, to salvage a second place finish in the 1st Asia Pacific University Games (Apug) Basketball Tournament at the USPF Gym yesterday.
The Webmasters snapped the unexpected surge of the Panthers when they put a premium on defending high school sensation Ain Obenza from start to finish.
After averaging 25.0 points in their first two games, Obenza had to deal with UC limiting his production to just three points.
It was UC’s third straight win after suffering an opening day loss to the eventual champions Nippon Sports Science University of Japan.
NSSU Lions ruled the tournament unscathed following a 69-51 win over the Universiti Technologi Mara (UiTM) of Malaysia.
After the four-day event, the NSSU Lions finished first with four wins without a loss. UC ended up with three wins and one loss, USPF bagged third place with a 2-2 card, the University of San Carlos Warriors were at 1-3. UiTM was winless in four games.
Garciano Puerto and Geleant Delator each scored 16 points, Clint Suelto added 10 and Filvenson Culango had nine points to lead UC scorers, while Brantford Borces topped USPF with 11 points and Karl Langahin and Lyndon Colina contributed 10 points each for the Panthers.
The game was played closely for the first two quarters with the Webmasters taking a 20-17 lead after the first before USPF outscored UC, 15-10, in the second period.
But after the game was tied at 32 early in the third, everything seem to go downhill for the Panthers.