UC Webmasters wins Game 2 in CESAFI Finals. They lead the series 2-0 and only one win away to bag the back-to-back CESAFI Title.
THE University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters are a game short of retaining their collegiate division crown of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) after escaping with a 91-84 overtime thriller over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras in Game 2 of the best-of-five championship series the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.
UC now leads the series, 2-0, and is a game away from winning back-to-back collegiate division titles in the Cesafi basketball tournament.
The Webmasters were ahead in the first three quarters but SWU’s Joseph Nalos, Justin Aboude and Bonifacio Guillena sparked a 15-4 run to take the lead, 68-66, in the 4:48 mark of the fourth quarter.
UC’s behemoth center June Mar Fajardo tied the game at 68 with a basket down low but Nalos sank a three-pointer and shot a fast break layup for SWU to build a 73-68 cushion. Luigi Bercede trimmed the lead down to 70-73 with a drive in the final 2:40.
SWU’s Rene Pacquiao answered with a shot from the other end for a 75-70 lead. Brian Heruela immediately retaliated with a layup to cut it down, 72-75.
SWU made two crucial mistakes with less than two minutes on the clock. Aboude was called for a travelling violation and the Cobras were called for a 24-second violation in the other possession. Fajardo made it a one-point ball game, 74-75, after scoring two points with 48 ticks left. SWU’s Eleazar Armecin could have given SWU a three-point lead but he missed his shot. UC’s Robinson Mohammad tried to seal the game with a three-pointer, he missed his target but the ball luckily went to the hands of Bercede, who was fouled. Bercede could have closed the game from the freethrow line but he only shot one of his charities to send the game to overtime.
UC immediately dictated the pace at the start of overtime and scored six unanswered points from Fajardo and Mohammad for an 81-75 lead.
Aboude forced Fajardo to absorb his fourth personal foul after scoring with a strong move down the painted area to make it 81-77. Aboude, however, missed his bonus free throw and fouled out of the game in the 3:01 mark. UC then sealed the game after another six-point rally for a 10-point lead, with just two minutes left on the clock.
Fajardo led UC with 23 points, while Mohammad and Bercede added 17 and 15 points respectively. Nalos scored a game high of 26 points, while Pacquiao and Aboude also were in double figures with 18 and 15, respectively.
Game 3 of the collegiate division championship between UC and SWU is scheduled tomorrow night at 6:45. Before that is also Game 3 of the high school division between the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles and the University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers.
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