UV beats USJ-R in a thriller, 77-70

THE University of Visayas Green Lancers escaped a comeback scare from the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 77-70 in Cesafi basketball season 16, on Thursday, August 11 at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Bassieru Sackor led the Green Lancers with a tremendous double-double performance 17 points, 19 rebounds, followed by Alfred Codilla with 11, and Rey Suerte with 10, to give their team a 2-0 (win-loss) record.

The Green Lancers enjoyed a 19 point lead over the Jaguars early in the 3rd quarter. With 6:36 left in the 4th quarter the Jaguars were able to cut the lead down to two 64-62.

But with 1:07 left in the game the Jaguars failed to contain Suerte, scoring two consecutive unanswered baskets, stretching the lead to seven, 75-68.

The Jaguars, who now have a 1-1 (win-loss) record, were led by RJ Dinolan with 22, followed by Gastador with 18, and Mantilla with 11, tried to keep up with the Green Lancers but fell short late in the game to the latter's fanatic defense.

Quarter Scores. 1Q: 14-21, 2Q: 26-41, 3Q: 53-60, 4Q: 70-77. (Quincy Jones Adriano, USJR Intern/Sunnex)
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