The Saga begins

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers withered a fiery third-quarter rally of the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars to march to its 3rd victory in four games following a 76-56 win in the 2019 CESAFI Men’s basketball match at the Cebu Coliseum, Tuesday evening, September 24.

UV started out hot with the outside shots hitting the marks early with Froilan Maglasang opening up the three-pointer binge of the two triples before Ted Saga joined the snipping party to set the tone of dominance as the Green Lancers built a 42-29 lead in the opening half.

However, the Jaguars came out roaring after the halftime break as they dropped a wicked 13-4 run with Renz Solomon and Johndel Robles leading the charge to come close within 42-46 midway to the third.

But USJ-R could not sustain their momentum as veteran Monic Soliva led the countercharge of UV scoring seven points as the Lancers regained a double-digit lead, 58-45 at the end of the third period.

UV then went full throttle in the final period with eight players scoring for the defending champions while there were only four players contributing points for the Jaguars.

Saga who had four triples back in the first half top scored for the Gary Cortes-mentored Lancers with 14 points and Soliva added with 12 while Solomon was the only Jaguar player to finish in double-digits with 12 markers.

In the Juniors competition, defending champions University of Cebu Baby Webmasters cruised to its fourth win in as many games after drubbing the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 73-51 in the opening match.

King Balaga whipped it up for UC with 17 points and teammate Kenyon Pondoc made 10 for the Jovir Samonte mentored Baby Webmasters while Kevin Guibao scored the game-high 22 points and Ryzel Abatayo tallied 10 points as the Baby Jaguars dropped to 1-2. RCM


How they scored:

UV (76) – Saga 14, Soliva 12, Cabahug 9, Maglasang 9, Delator 8, Coulibaly 7, Butohan 7, Avancena 4, Maestre 3, Gahi 2, Yulo 1. USJ-R (56) – Solomon 12, Echavez 9, Robles 8, Tabio 6, Camara 6, Carin 5, Cabulao 4, Gomzaga 4, Paras 2.

Quarterscores: 25-15; 42-29; 58-45; 76-56.