UC Webmasters tame determined USPF Panthers in Cesafi Partner’s Cup
CEBU CITY, Philippines —The JoeMang’s Surplus-University of Cebu Webmasters claimed its third win in a row after they got past the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers, 84-79, in the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum.
UC led by as much as 17, 56-39, in the third canto as they came away from halftime with guns blazing, thanks to a fast-paced attack led by Darrell Shane Menina, John Jabello and former University of the Visayas ace, Tristan Albina.
However, USPF did not back down and pulled to within three, 72-75, after a fastbreak layup by Graggy Sarahina. A putback by Luigi Gabisan and a steal and a lay-in by Albina gave UC some room, 79-72, but USPF kept on pushing and once again trimmed the deficit to three, after a deuce by Aljie Mendez and a fadeaway jumper by Lyndon Colina.
The Panthers had a shot at coming closer but botched their fastbreak opportunity that led to the Webmasters scoring on the other end, off an easy two by Gabisan, for an 81-76 lead with 35 seconds left.
A free-throw by Menina and a two-pointer by Albina iced the win for UC.
Albina, a two-time three-point shootout champ, led UC in scoring with 17 points while Menina added 16. Jabello put up 13.
USPF, which fell to 0-2, got 13 from Mendez and 11 from Karl Langahin./dbs
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