USJ-R Baby Jaguars still on track for semis

By: Mars G. Alison - CDN Digital | October 23,2019 - 12:10 PM

Santos Go of the USJ-R Baby Jaguars goes for an easy layup in a game against the USC Baby Warriors on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. CDN Digital photo | Gerard Vincent Francisco

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The high school and collegiate basketball teams of the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) have contrasting fates in the ongoing 19th Cesafi basketball tournament.

The Baby Jaguars are in the middle of a four-game streak and still have a chance of entering the top 4 in the high school division.

Their older counterparts are going the opposite way.  The Jaguars absorbed their third straight loss in the second round, causing them to drop out of contention early.

The win against the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors, 74-63, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, boosted the Baby Jaguars’ chances of completing the semifinals cast in the high school division.

“Among gi go hard among depensa, ug among gisunod ang systema na gihatag ni coach ug fight lang jud mi para sa among goal,” said Dilcer Gaviola, who towed the Baby Jaguars with 21 points.

(We went hard in our defense and we followed the system that was given to us by our coach, and we just fought for our goal.)

#CesafiLive: USJ-R Baby Jaguars top scorer with 21 points, Dilcer Gaviola, talks about their 74-63 win over USC Baby Warriors in the High School division of the 19th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Cebu Coliseum. #CDNDigital #CesafiUpdate

Posted by CDN Digital on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Knowing what was at stake, the Baby Jaguars, as instructed by their coach Edito Salacot, did not gamble so they can stop the Baby Warriors. And, it paid off. 

They improved their win-loss record to 4-4 allowing them to climb from the 8th spot to the 6th spot. 

The Baby Jaguars, however, still have to hurdle Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles and Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dragons in their remaining games to advance.

With USC Baby Warriors already out in the running for a semifinal spot, the three remaining teams contesting that one coveted spot are USJ-R, SHS-AdC and CEC.

Already assured semis spots are the University of Cebu, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and University of the Visayas.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, need to get out of the bottom rung with their 2-8 card. 

They may already be out of the title contest, but they still have a chance to salvage their pride as last year’s runner-up by winning their last two remaining games against Southwestern University (SWU) Phinma Cobras and defending champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. /bmjo

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