Thiam tows SWU Cobras to 12 point win agains USJ-R Jaguars

By: JONAS PANERIO July 14,2019 - 08:34 PM

SWU-Phinma’s Lamine Thiam tries to get past the defense of USJ-R’s Arnold Azangue.| Jonas Panerio

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Southwestern University-Phinma Cobras came alive in the second half to thwart the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 82-70, in the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Forced to make adjustments after losing a double-digit lead in the first half and fall behind by 11, 28-39, at halftime, the wards of head coach Mike Reyes suddenly played with renewed focus and energy, and opened the third with a 17-3 run sparked by the stellar play of Senegalese student-athlete Lamine Thiam to grab the upper hand, 45-42.

Veteran forward Dyll Roncal then joined the scoring party in the fourth canto, scoring eight points off of sharp cuts to the basket in a 14-2 rally that helped the Cobras erect a 69-54 lead that all but put the win in the bag for SWU-Phinma.

Thiam led the way for the Cobras, which improved to 6-2 (win-loss) with 28 points while Roncal added 20 markers. Shaquille Imperial also played a key role in the victory with 16 points.

USJ-R suffered its sixth loss in eight games in spite of the 20 points of Miguel Gastador and the 17 of Arnold Azangue.

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