USJ-R Jaguars at solo second in Cesafi hoop
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars routed the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats, 90-69, to get solo second place in the standings in the 2018 Cesafi men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.
The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, on the other hand, evened up their record at 2-2 with a 66-56 win over the Southwestern University-Phinma Cobras.
Big man Segamars Ewenike set the tone for the Jaguars as he bullied the smaller frontline of the Wildcats, which included a two-handed slam that pushed USJ-R ahead, 45-29, at halftime. The lead just grew and grew from there until the final buzzer.
Reigning league MVP Jaybie Mantilla sparked the Jaguars with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals while Fletcher Galvez added 12. Ewenike finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds to go with three blocked shots, all coming in the first canto.
CIT-U, which got 21 points from Jemcerson Sable, lost for the fourth straight time and remains winless this season.
In the second game, USC led from start to finish to send SWU-Phinma to their third straight loss. Sommy Managor had his best game of the season as he piled up 28 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Big man Mavii Suarez stepped up in the absence of Kent Cabañog and scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
The Cobras did not help their cause by shooting 32 percent from the field. They are now at 1-3.
In the high school division, the defending champions University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers scored their second straight win with a 78-68 victory over the University of Cebu (UC) Baby Webmasters.
Shifty point guard Gabriel Cometa led the scoring charge for UV with 21 points, reigning MVP Beirn Laurente added 12, high-leaping forward Popoy Actub had 11 while Joshua Yerro showcased his all-around skills with 10 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals. UC, which fell to an even 1-1, got 25 points from Jerick Ranido.
In the curtain-raiser, the USC Baby Warriors sent the CIT-U Wildkittens to their second straight loss, with a 75-70 win.
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