CEBU CITY: The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers moved a win away from clinching the automatic semifinals spot following an emphatic 86-49 win against the Southwestern University (SWU) Baby Cobras in the elimination round of the 2016 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Sunday.
In the other game, the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons scored a lopsided 67-48 win to hold the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildkittens winless the entire season for the first time since the Cesafi has begun.
CEC’s win created a three-way tie with the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves and the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters for the third and fourth places.
Also at stake are twice-to- beat incentives going into the quarterfinals, which will start next week.
The three teams finished the nine- game elimination round with identical 6-3 win-loss records but the Fiba game differential tie break rule would not be applied as the Dragons defeated DBTC 63-60 and UC 72-66, to earn the No.3 spot.
UC, however, enjoyed the win-over-the-other benefit after beating the Greywovles 69-60 last Saturday for the No.4 place.
Trailing 7-2 at the start, UV struggled before getting their momentum midway in the opening quarter.
The last time, SWU held the lead at 12-14 before their offense conked out and allowed UV to drop a 17-0 run to close the first period carrying a 15-point lead.
With Jun Reign Baculio serving as the lone bright spot for coach George Aznar’s offense, UV dominated the rest of the way and was never threatened despite the 23 points of Baculio.
In UV’s side Jay Paraldo led the team with 16 points, while team captain Jancork Cabahug and Froiland Maglasang scored 14 points each to help UV move a win away from clinching the other automatic semifinals slot.
Its last game will be on Tuesday against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), a game that is all-important for UV while non-bearing for the Baby Jaguars.
UV’s dominance in the battle of the boards helped them to be more efficient at the 2-point field as they bucketed 31 of 59 attempts following a 50-26 reign in rebounding departments.
UV also had 23 assists, 19 steals and had five blocks and had four turnovers fewer than SWU who only had 10 assists, 13 steals, two blocks and made 29 miscues.
Baculio was the lone SWU player to score in double-digit.