UC secures twice-to-beat advantage in Cesafi semis

Jonas N. Panerio

THE University of Cebu Webmasters clinched the last twice-to-beat bonus in the final four after they defeated the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats, 81-72, in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Tosh Sesay, UC’s hulking student-athlete from Sierra Leone, scored 21 points, grabbed 21 rebounds, had two steals and blocked four shots as the Webmasters snagged their eighth win in 11 games to assure itself of a top two finish after the elimination round.

Darrell Shane Menina added 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals, while John Jabello pitched in 11, including six in a 13-2 run late in the game that sealed the victory for UC.

UC led by as much as 19 points, 50-31, but CIT-U fought back and pulled to within six, 59-65, after a three-point play by Karl Malone Ventura and a free-throw with 5:28 remaining.

But Menina sparked the game-deciding run with a three-pointer, while Jabello kept on leaking out in transition for easy layups to extend UC’s lead further.

Jesse Aloro Jr. led CIT-U, which dropped to 3-8, with 23 points, while Jemcerson Sable had 18 markers.