SWU-Phinma dethrones UV

Cobras end five-year title drought, give coach Mike Reyes first crown in Cesafi

By: Mars G. Alison - CDN Digital | November 22,2019 - 07:43 PM

Coach Mike Reyes of the SWU-Phinma Cobras reacts during Game 3 of the Cesafi men’s basketball finals on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. CDN Digital photo | Gerard Vincent Francisco

Cebu City, Philippines—Cebu college basketball has a new king.

The Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma Cobras  survived a huge rally to defeat the defending champion University of the Visayas (UV), 64-60, in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the packed Cebu Coliseum here.

The Cobras, thus, wrapped up the series, 2-1, to end a five-year title drought in the league.

WATCH: The final possession in Game 3 when SWU-Phinma officially became the 2019 Cesafi men's basketball champions following a 64-60 win over defending champion UV on Friday night, November 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Posted by CDN Digital on Friday, November 22, 2019

It is also head coach Mike Reyes’ first title with SWU-Phinma in Cebu’s premier collegiate league after three years with the team.

The win also denied the Green Lancers a fourth straight title.

LIVE: The celebration begins as the Southwestern University-Phinma wins the 2019 Cesafi men’s basketball crown at the Cebu Coliseum. #CDNDigital

Posted by CDN Digital on Friday, November 22, 2019

The Cobras took off to a hot start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half before UV came roaring back in the third.

The Green Lancers outscored the Cobras 24-7 in the third to take a 46-44 lead entering the fourth.

Both teams exchanged baskets early in the final frame but the Cobras held the Green Lancers to just two points in the last two minutes while Gerald Fernandez, Dyll Roncal and Will Polican sank crucial freethrows that paved the way for the victory.

Big man Red Cachuela led SWU-Phinma with 14 points. /bmjo

BOXSCORES:

SWU Cobras (64) – Cachuela 14, Imperial 13, Roncal 13, Polican 11, Thiam 9, Fernandez 4. 

UV Green Lancers (60) – Coulibaly 17, Delator 10, Gahi 10, Cabahug 7, Maestre 5, Maglasang 5, Cometa 4, Tarrosa 2.

Interview with topscorer Red Cachuela on Cesafi 2019 championship game

#CesafiLIVE: Interview with Red Cachuela of the SWU-Phinma Cobras who is the top scorer of the Cesafi 2019 basketball championship game today, November 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Posted by CDN Digital on Friday, November 22, 2019

If you missed the game, you can watch it her via Cesafi Live:

LIVE: The deciding Game 3 of the Cesafi men's basketball finals between Southwestern University (SWU)-Phinma and the defending champion University of the Visayas (UV).

Posted by CDN Digital on Friday, November 22, 2019

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