Sweet three-peat

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors proved yet again that they are a cut above the rest after snagging another SBP crown for a third straight year, beating the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 45-34, in the finals.

The Baby Warriors immediately displayed their dominance in the opening period outscoring UV, 14-4.

A smaller UV team got back in the second quarter, outgunning USC, 11-7, to trim it down to a six point lead, 21-15.


The tide once turned in the third quarter with USC bringing the lead back up to 11 with a score line of 32-21 going into the final quarter.

USC started to pull away in the fourth with a three-pointer by Brandon Largo and a free throw by Kadshien Tagalog to make 38-24.

UV cut the lead to single digits after a triple by JZ Dizon and a basket by Prince Soquiño.

Vince Razo scored two points and Largo converted a free throw to bring in back up to 10 points, 41-31, with 2:20 left in regulation.

Dizon simply wouldn’t give up with time winding and scored three points for UV from a free throw and a layup.

However, a towering Tagalog couldn’t be stopped and scored two unanswered baskets for USC for the final count.

Largo led USC with 15 points.

USC has been so dominant in the SBP division that the Warriors have a 50-point winning margin average. USC also recently grabbed the elementary division title in the Milo Little Olympics with a team composed of mostly the same players.

Regional finals

Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) grabbed third place honors after a 67-60 victory over University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R).

Pauloh Villarin led SHS-AdC’s charge with 19 points, while Maynard Uy added 12. Selwyn Victor Pepito exploded with 24 points, while Luke Jhudiel Mojado pitched in 16 points.

Largo was named the MVP of the SBP division, while UV’s John Dexter Igot was handed with the MVP plum in the Passerelle division of the Cebu leg of the Milo Best tournament.

USC will represent Cebu in the SBP division, while UV will play in the Passerelle in the regional finals on November in Roxas City. (EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2014.


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