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    Cesafi: Jaguars fight back from 18 down to frustrate Warriors

    Sep 19, 2018
    PHOTO: Ron Tolin

    CEBU CITY – The University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars fought back from an 18-point deficit to beat the University of San Carlos Warriors, 101-93, in the 2018 Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

    Nichole Ubalde had 24 points and seven rebounds while RJ Dinolan finished with a double-double of 21 markers and 10 boards for USJ-R, which finished the first round of the eliminations in second place with a 5-1 win-loss card.

    The Warriors dropped to 2-4.

    The Jaguars found themselves trailing 29-47 before turning the game around with a 16-6 run sparked by Mythical Five forward Dinolan and slam dunk champion Miguel Gastador to slice the deficit to six, 45-51, at halftime.

    USJ-R eventually asserted control in the third with a sizzling 15-1 rally powered by reserve forward Ubalde, who scored eight straight in just a minute, to push the Jaguars to a 76-70 advantage heading to the fourth.

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    USJ-R raised their lead to 11, 87-76, but USC pulled to within four, 93-97, after a straightaway triple by Magic Marata with 22.1 seconds remaining. But four straight free-throws by Fletcher Galvez and Jaybie Mantilla to put the win on ice.

    Mantilla, the reigning MVP, nearly had a triple-double of 19 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists. Gastador and Elmer Echavez rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Jaguars with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

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    Sommy Managor collected 20 points but was limited to just 21 minutes of action due to foul trouble. John Reel Saycon had 17 in spite shooting just 3-of-15 from the floor while Lucky Ecarma added 16.

    The Scores:

    USJ-R (101) Ubalde 24, Dinolan 21, Mantilla 19, Gastador 18, Echavez 15, Galvez 4

    USC (93) Managor 20, Saycon 17, Ecarma 16, Tan 13, Mangubat 12, Marata 5, Aranas 4, Lagu0yo 4, Langres 2,

    Quarterscores: 18-25, 45-51, 76-70, 101-93

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