CEBU CITY: Top seed Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras keep its immaculate record intact as they whipped the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 81-63, in the collegiate game of the 2016 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball Tournament at the Cebu Coliseum Sunday.
The imposing height and size advantage of the Cobras seemed to have intimidated the smaller Webmasters, who were quickly trumped by SWU.
It took two quarters before the Webmastered their handicap but by that time, the Cobras were already dominating the match with Mark Tallo and Jovanni Luz posing as the biggest offensive weapons for SWU all throughout the game.
There were moments when UC made quick runs but all they could do was to cut down the bulging deficit to just 11 points twice, 42-53 in the dying seconds of the third and at 57-68 at 4:28 in the final period.
Luz, who made 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period, snapped the rally of the Webmasters with back-to-back triples as the Cobras secured the match.
Tallo led the SWU scorers with 17 points, Luz added 13, while Rolly Bravo finished with 10 markers. Garciano Puerto Jr. scattered 19 points, while Justin Dacalos added 13 for the Webmasters, who dropped to 2-5 in the team standings.
Last Saturday evening, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars solidified its hold of the third place after turning back the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers 73-66.
The absence of its team captain Joshue Segumpan and shooter Tristan Albina wasn’t felt by UV in the first 35 minutes of the game, when they still had the lead.
The Green Lancers was leading by as much as 16-points, 53-37 in the third period but found its lead slowly eaten away by the trapping defense of the Jaguars.
Ralph Jude Dinolan and Ricky Dyn Peromingan scored 18 points each and Jaybie Mantilla and Nelvin Navarra finished with 16 points each as USJ-R improved to 5-3 while Liberian Bassieru Sackor topscored with 20 points, Rey Suerte made 15 and Jason Balabag added 13 points as UV dropped to 6-2.
In the high school matches, the defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles scored their seventh win following a 76-48 mastery over the SWU Baby Cobras to secure the first automatic semifinal slot.
With its leading players taking a backseat, SHS-AdC allowed the Baby Cobras to a slow first half game.
The second however was another story as the Magis Eagles took the game by storm on their way to scoring a 28-point rout.
Travis Mantua and Andrew Velasco each had 13 points, Eric Tuadles added 12 and Alex Visser finished with 11 points, while Gyle Natividad led the SWU scorers with 12 points as Matthew Flores finished with 10. The Baby Cobras dropped to 3-5 and are now in danger of joining the CIT-U Wildkittens, USPF Baby Panthers and the USC Baby Warriors to an early vacation.
The Baby Panthers meanwhile, scored their second win following a 75-64 win over the still winless Wildkittens.