The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors defeated the Cebu Institute of Technology – University (CIT-U) Wildcats in the collegiate division of the 13th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men’s basketball tournament last night at the Cebu Coliseum.
Both teams were scoreless in the first 2 minutes until Jery Seno of the USC Warriors drew in the first 2-pointer of the match. The first quarter was a head to head game against the Wildcatswith the Warriors’ Seno who scored a good reverse lay-up and Ahmed Salihawho scoring in the paint drawing in a foul plus a complete 3-point play towards the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats also answered the Warriors’ persistence with a score from downtown courtesy of Franklin Batiquin, plus a dazzling pull-up jumper and close-to-the-basket points by Joshua DelaCerna. The first quarter ended with a tie, 16 all.
Ball movement was slow halfway through second quarter; the Warriors’ defense weakened. The USC Warriors edged by a 3-point lead against the Wildcats in the second quarter, 34-31.
The third quarter was characterized by fast-paced ball movement with a good fast break point by USC’s Miguel Plata plus points from key players Ian Ortega, Victor Rabat, Barry Amin and Stephen Que. CIT-U’s ChristianTaboada also led the Wildcats with smooth shots plus a buzzer-beater which led them up by one point against the Warriors in the end of the third quarter, 52-51.
Que and Ortega had a good scoring night at the start of the fourth quarter. John Graf of CIT-U nailed a 3-pointer plus an addition of smooth-sailing shots coming from Wildcats’ Franklin Batiquin, Wendyl Undaloc and Vincent Minguito. It was a close match through last quarter but the game ultimately sealed the deal for the USC Warriors with a five-point lead victory against the CIT-U Wildcats, 73-68.