Auspicious start for 4-peat seeking UV
CEBU CITY, Philippines – When the old reliable faltered coach Gary Cortes turned to his young gun to pump life into the offensive struggles of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers as the defending champions flexed muscles against the tentative University of San Carlos Warriors for a 74-53 victory on its debut game in the 2019 CESAFI Men’s Basketball Season Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, evening at the Cebu Coliseum.
Rookie guard Gab Cometa stepped up to the challenge as he injected life to the messy offense of the Lancers who were trailing for the first 15 minutes of the game.
USC had a decent start, keeping and pushing UV away in all of the first quarter and managed to hold the 3-feat champions to just six points in the first. Although its offense was also struggling, the Warriors managed to lead 10-6 after the first 10 minutes and looked-like to keep its momentum going when they managed to keep the Lancers by six, 22-16 midway to the first half.
However, after Sheldon Gahi was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for intentionally bumping USC’s import Sommy Managor right after he helped the Nigerian center up from the floor, at the 3:43 mark of the second period.
Cometa responded to the need of the Lancers for a clutch basket as he delivered triple that ignited a 10-0 run that turned a 22-16 deficit to a 26-22 lead before Jules Langres ended the bleeding of the Warrior with a triple to end the first half.
The Warriors were not the same coming from the dugout and the Lancers wreak havoc in the second half starting with 31-13 blitz in the third period that simply tucked UV to safety, 57-38 at the end of the third quarter.
UV sweet shooting Jancork Cabahug then took over as he drilled two triples of his eight points in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory of the defending champions.
Cometa who also had seven points in the second half, topscored for UV with 14 points coming off the bench, Cabahug added 12 points including seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Langres scored the game high 15 points, Froilan Mangubat added 13 and Managor had 10 markers for the Warriors who went 2-of-24 from the trey land and 20-of-68 overall in field goal shooting clip.
Earlier, the Southwestern University Baby Cobras defeated the Don Bosco Technological-Center Greywolves 80-60 in the high school competition. /RCM