CEBU Institute of Technology set a title rematch with University of the Visayas, downing University of San Carlos, 76-61, Tuesday in the 2013 Enervon-Cesafi Partner’s Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.
The win improved the Wildcats’ win-loss card in the single round-robin semifinal round to 2-1, earning them the second finals berth. The best-of-three championship series begins Wednesday.
The Lancers earlier extended their unbeaten streak in the tournament to 13 games with a 76-65 victory over University of Cebu.
CIT erected a 45-24 lead at halftime and never let up. USC trimmed it to 10 with a 10-0 run capped off by a steal and an uncontested lay-up by Stephen Que with nine minutes remaining.
But the Wildcats finished strong behind the solid play of incoming rookie forward Joshua dela Cerna, who scored nine points in a 14-0 blast, including a three-point play that made it 70-56, with 5:04 left.
Dela Cerna finished with 29 points and Vincent Menguito, another newcomer, had 11.
Que paced the Warriors with 15, while African import Ahmed Salihou had 12.
In the first game, John Abad led the Lancers’ balanced attack with 20 points while import Mike Harry, who is coming back from an injury, had 17. Jan Auditor led UC with 22.