USJ-R survives UC Webmasters late rally to seal slot in semis of Cesafi Partner's Cup
Tricky Peromingan drives to the basket for the easy deuce. Ron Tolin

CEBU CITY - The Mighty Sports-University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars sealed their entry into the semifinal round with a 77-70 win over the Highlands Corned Beef-University of Cebu Webmasters in the 8th Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Jaguars survived a tremendous late rally from the Webmasters, coming within four down the stretch, thanks to some clutch baskets from Nelvin Navarra and Jaybie Mantilla to grab their third win against two losses, good for solo third place.

The Jaguars led by 12, 70-58, early in the fourth period after a lay-up by Tricky Peromingan that came off a gorgeous no-look feed from Mantilla. But the Webmasters countered with a 7-2 burst, capped by a three-point play by rookie guard Geleant Delator that trimmed the deficit to four, 68-72.

But Navarra came up with a huge offensive rebound and a putback, and Mantilla banked in a pull-up jumper to bring the lead back to eight, 76-68, with 1:48 to go and held on for the win.

With the loss, UC have a 2-3 record for this tournament and is in danger of missing the next round.

High-leaping guard Miguel Gastador led USJ-R with 17 points while Cesafi Mythical Five forward RJ Dinolan added 13. Navarra and fellow big man Edmundo Bayhunan punched in 10 each.

Delator and Fil Culango scored 12 apiece to pace the Webmasters.

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