CEBU CITY — University of Cebu moved closer to its goal of finishing in the top two of the Cesafi basketball eliminations as the Webmasters took down the University of San Carlos Warriors, 74-64, on Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Darrell Shane Menina scored 34 points and added three rebounds and three assists as UC recorded its seventh win in 10 games, behind only Southwestern University at 7-2.
University of the Visayas also holds a 7-3 record, but UC holds the tiebreaker after claiming two wins over the Green Lancers in the elimination round.
USC, meanwhile, dropped to fourth place with a 7-4 record.
UC led by as many as 17 points, 47-30, but USC fought back and momentarily took the lead at 51-49.
It was a see-saw battle from that point on before Menina splashed in a triple, Tosh Sesay completed a three-point play and scored a deuce while Paul Galinato added a transition layup to give UC a 69-59 lead with 3:05 to go.
USC cut the deficit to five after a short jumper by Froiland Mangubat and a triple from Sommy Managor but Sesay and Luigi Gabisan sealed the victory for UC by making their free-throws with under a minute remaining.
Sesay finished with 12 points, 17 rebounds, an assist, three steals and four blocks for the Webmasters.
Managor had 19 points for USC while Kurt Trangia added 13.