CEBU CITY – The University of San Carlos Warriors emphatically nabbed their first win in the Asia Pacific University Games basketball tournament with a 112-41 rout of the Malaysia Universiti Teknologi MARA on Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.
A day after suffering a loss at the hands of the reigning Cesafi champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers, the Warriors got on the winning track as they ran roughshod over a Malaysian squad that could barely cross the ball past halfcourt in the face of USC’s relentless full court press.
The Malaysians could barely able to inbound the ball without getting their passes getting picked off, and managed just nine points each in the second and fourth periods to drop their second game in a row.
Leo Labiste scored 24 points despite sitting out the entire fourth period. Rookie sensation John Reel Saycon pitched in 19 markers to help USC even their record up at 1-1.
In the day’s other game, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers grabbed their second straight win with a 107-67 whooping of Jiangxi Provincial Pingxiang Experimental School from China.
Much like their win against the team from Malaysia the other day, the Panthers pounced right off the bat and led, 33-9, after the first period before cruising to the easy victory.
New recruit Ajie Mendez led USPF with 19 points while sweet-shooting big man Kenneth Cada pumped in 15 markers. Edwin Villarta pitched in 14 as USPF improved to 2-0 in this pocket tournament.
Zhou Zihan led the squad from China, which lost for the second time in a row, with 23 points.
The University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars demolished the Chinese team, 119-51, in the late game on Wednesday night.