UV defends title vs UC in Cesafi semis

Jonas N. Panerio

THE University of the Visayas Green Lancers kept their title defense alive with a 81-62 spanking of the University of Cebu Webmasters in the semifinals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Showing the toughness and resiliency that UV has come to be known for, the Green Lancers handcuffed UC’s top guns Tosh Sesay and Darrell Shane Menina while getting significant contributions from rookie point guard Gabriel Cometa and veteran forward Jancork Cabahug to get the win and send this semifinals encounter to a winner-take-all affair on Saturday, November 16, at 4 p.m. at the same venue.

UV started slow and fell behind by nine, 6-15, at the start of the first canto but got a spark from Cometa, a talented rookie fresh out of high school, who scored seven of his 16 points in that stretch to give the Green Lancers a 36-29 halftime lead.

The Green Lancers then dealt the Webmasters the death blow late in the third canto in the form of an 11-1 run instigated by Cabahug and Cometa who scored nine in that telling stretch to bring their lead to 65-49, with just 10 minutes of action remaining.

Cabahug led the way for UV with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Cometa finished with 16 markers. Lass Coulibally added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Sheldon Gahi chipped in 11.

John Jabello had 15 for UC, while Rodel Gravera and Menina scored 12 apiece. Sesay was shackled to just seven points.

The winner of the deciding match on Saturday would face off against the Southwestern University-Phinma Cobras in the finals. Game 1 of the finals is set on Monday, November 18.