Lancers stun Eagles

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE University of Visayas (UV) had a tremendous show of grit and toughness to grab the crown away from erstwhile unbeaten Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 56-53, in the Passerelle division finals of the Milo Best SBP Passerelle Twin Tournament Cebu leg in the Capitol Parish Gym.

SHS-AdC had a quick start and held on to the lead for majority of the first two quarters. The Magis Eagles were up 22-18 at halftime.

However, John Paquibut lit up the board with a breakout game in the third quarter, scoring all his 15 points --including three three-pointers—to give UV a 40-31 lead going into the final quarter.


UV saw its lead quickly dwindle minute after minute with the one-two punch of Andrew Velasco and Benedict Chua, who combined for eight points to start the fourth. Jed Colonia gave the Magis Eagles the lead again, 41-40, with a steal and a fast break for a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

“I told the kids that it was time to stick together, play together and communicate inside because I couldn’t do anything and I’m only at the sidelines,” said UV head coach Jaymar Canoy.

Denzel Sabroso heeded the coach’s call and ended the fourth quarter scoring drought by hitting two free throws in the 5:32 mark to put UV in front, 42-41.

There were five lead changes before Kint Ariar tied the game after splitting his charities with 2:17 remaining. But Colonia gave SHS-AdC the lead back, 49-47, with an offensive rebound and a put-back with 2:00 left.

Sabroso sank his only three-pointer of the game and regained the lead for UV, 50-49. With 41.8 seconds left, Chua made a crucial turnover after being called for a travel. John Gonzaga made a big play on the other end, grabbing an offensive rebound over the towering SHS-AdC front court and got fouled in the process. He made both free throws to give UV a 52-49 cushion with 22.8 seconds left on the clock.


Steven Co missed a drive to the basket, which went to Sabroso. He was quickly fouled and made both free throws for a 54-49 lead for UV with 15.4 remaining.

John Chen hit a corner jumper on the other end to cut it own to 54-51 with 11.7 seconds left. SHS-AdC saved precious time and quickly fouled James Zenarosa with 11.2 seconds left. Zenarosa converted both charities and made it 56-51. Chua quickly retaliated to shave it off, 56-53, with six seconds left.

UV turned the ball over and Co had a chance to send it to overtime with a three-pointer but it just hit the iron.

Sabroso and Pacquibut led UV with 15 points each, while Chua scored 14 points in a losing effort by SHS-AdC.

UV will represent Cebu against the best in the region in the regional finals.

“We are going to have the same routine and the same attitude,” said Canoy.

“That was still 70 percent of our potential and you will get to see a hundred percent.”

On the other hand, University of San Carlos (USC) grabbed third place honors with a one-sided 86-58 victory over Cebu Eastern College (CEC).

Briedyn Smith led an even-scoring USC team with 13 points, while King Balaga was also in double-digits with 10. Johan Orillaneda paced CEC with 13. (EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 27, 2014.


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