SHS-AdC (Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu) beats UV (University of the Visayas) to take a commanding 2-1 lead in CESAFI juniors basketball finals series.
THE moment when he was needed the most, Jair Igna stepped up from a scoring slump with an amazing fourth-quarter performance and a crucial three-point play to guide the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles to a crucial victory and a 2-1 lead in the 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. high school championship series last night at the Cebu Coliseum.
Following a dismal scoring performance in Game 2, posting just two points, it seemed as if Igna was in for another bad night. However, after three scoreless quarters Igna exploded for 15 points and made a crucial three-point play to a 73-69 victory over the University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Green Lancers.
UV had a three-point advantage, 49-46, going into the fourth quarter but SHS-AdC regained the lead in the 6:52 mark after Igna sank a three pointer to make it 56-54.
Nelson Peralta tied the game at 65 with 2:03 left with a shot beyond the arc before Dawn Ochea scored back-to-back baskets for a 69-65 cushion.
Peralta could have trim the lead but he missed both his free throws with 1:10 left. Mathew Oche grabbed the rebound and Andres Desiderio was fouled. However, he made just hit one charity to make it 66-69.
With 25.4 seconds left, Henry Asilum turned the ball over with an errant pass to Julius Cadavis. UV failed to capitalize on the other end after Dexter Lucero launched a hurried three-pointer, which could have tied the game.
Ochea was fouled by Desiderio and was sent to the line but only hit one of two for a 70-66 lead with 17 ticks left. Ron Dennison then hit a crucial three-point shot in the final 9.3 seconds to make it a one-point ballgame. UV opted not to foul immediately but Peralta was forced to foul a running Igna, who hit his layup and the bonus basket with 2.8 seconds to seal the game.
Ochea had his best game in the championship series with 17 points, while Asilum added 15.
Lucero led the Baby Green Lancers with 17, while Desiderio added 16.