CEBU CITY: The University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers has one foot into the finals following a 54-49 win over the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters in the battle of the semifinals opening day winners of the 2016 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Sunday.
They are now leading in the team standings with a 2-0 win-loss card, but will still face defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles on Tuesday.
Coming from a frustrating 73-68 loss to the Baby Webmasters last Saturday, the Magis Eagles vented its ire on the hapless Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons 64-37 in the opening game.
The Dragons fell prey to the defense of the Magis Eagles in the final half, while its gunners were not around when CEC needed them.
SHS-AdC held CEC to just 12 points in the entire second half, while scoring 36 of its own.
Michael Cutamora topscored with 12 points, Alex Visser added 11 and Errol Pastor finished with 10 for SHS-AdC.
It was a tactical match for UV and UC with neither team gave up on defense in the early goings.
The Baby Lancers however took control of the game after outscoring UC 19-14 in the second period to lead 31-26 at the halftime break.
Behind the efforts of Gelmart Umpad, the Baby Webmasters managed to tie the game at 41-all after the third.
Umpad gave UC the taste of the lead with a jumper early in the fourth but UV answered back with Jake Rosete, Beirn Laurente and Kenneth Brillo leading the Baby Lancers to a 46-43 lead.
Despite UV controlling the board and forcing UC to enter into early penalty situation, the Baby Webmasters were still in the thick of the match and even took back the lead once more on Umpad’s two free throws in the final 4:58 of the game, 49-48.
But it proved to be the last points for the Baby Webmasters as UV totally shut down UC’s offense and scored the final six points of the game.
The presence of Jancork Cabahug and Ivan Maata were all it took for the Baby Lancers to take control of the game for good.
Laurente topscored UV with 16 points with Maata and Cabahug contributing nine and eight points each.