UV Green Lancers hardly flex their muscles in rout of winless USPF Panthers
UV wingman Franz Arong and the rest of the Green Lancers buried the USPF Panthers with an avalanche of transition points. Photo courtesy of Ron Tollin

CEBU CITY – University of the Visayas asserted its dominance over University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 84-49, in the 15th Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Panthers were able stay in the game for just 10 minutes before the Green Lancers finally took charge behind their assortment of speedy wingmen led by rookie Rey Suerte and former Batang Gilas Leonard Santillan to notch the team’s eighth win in 10 games.

Suerte continued to play impressively in his first year as he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Santillan pitched in a dozen points.

Cameroonian reinforcement Steve Akomo only had four markers but took care of business on the defensive end with 14 rebounds and two steals.

Lyndon Ceniza had a career-high 21 points for the Panthers, who remain winless in 10 games.

Meanwhile in the juniors division, the UV Baby Lancers grabbed the final ticket to the semifinals with a 77-58 bashing of the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars.

Talented forward Jancork Cabahug had another monster performance with 22 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to push UV to the semifinals after negating the twice-to-beat advantage of USJ-R in the quarterfinals.

Cabahug also got plenty of help from Jhiey Paraldo and Marvin Oche, who had 11 each while Berin Laurente tallied 10.

UV now joins two-time defending champion Ateneo de Cebu, the University of San Carlos, and the University of Cebu in the single round-robin semifinals beginning  on Tuesday.



The scores



UV (84) -- Suerte 15, Santillan 12, Cabañero 9, Manzo 8, Arong 8, Aguirre 7, Segumpan 7, Napao 6, Akomo 4, Codilla 4, Balabag 2, Mendoza 2, Veloso 0.

USPF (49) -- Colina 21, Borces 5, Sastrillas 5, Alocillo 5, Bajamunde 3, Langahin 3, Patalinghug 3, Bolivar 2, Quiachon 2, Avanceña 0, Ceniza 0, Laver 0, Cando 0.

Quarterscores: 18-19; 42-32; 60-40; 84-49.



UV (77) -- Cabahug 22, Paraldo 11, Oche 11, Laurente 10, Ro. Alforque 8, Amistoso 6, Ra. Alforque 3, Membrano 2, Yerro 2, Padilla 2, Maglasang 0, Saliot 0, Balazuela 0, Valenzuela 0.

USJ-R (58) -- Ortiz 13, Gonzaga 10, Ibero 10, Enriquez 8, Ando 8, Leonora 4, Teleron 3, Dado 2, Camacho 0, Cruz 0, Cabatingan 0, Bascon 0, Himmelsbach 0.

Quarterscores: 27-5; 42-18; 58-42; 77-58.

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