CEBU CITY — Southwestern University edged Cebu Institute of Technology-University in the fourth period to notch a 72-67 win in the 17th Cesafi basketball tournament on Sunday night at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Cobras struggled mightily on defense but managed to take control with a late 15-4 run for a 68-61 lead with just 1:15 left.
Shaquille Imperial towed the Cobras to their third win and second straight in eight games, with 29 points and four steals. He scored 15 in the second to keep SWU-Phinma within striking distance after CIT-U went 11 points ahead, 27-16.
The Cobras were down, 53-57, when Imperial scored on a short jumper and an and-one. Mac Racho then hit a floater and a reverse layup, Edmundo Bayhonan scored on a putback and William Polican hit a triple to push SWU ahead, 68-61.
The Wildcats got within two, 67-69, after a driving layup by Jemcerson Sable with 33.4 seconds to go but Gerald Fernandez and Daryl Nazareno held them off by making three free-throws in the dying seconds.
Sable had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats, who dropped to 1-8.
SWU 72 — Imperial 29, Fernandez 9, Bayhonan 8, Racho 6, Roncal 6, Nazareno 4, Polican 3, Pardo 3, Luz 2, Bilao 2.
CIT-U 67 — Sable 14, Munez 13, Kong 12, Bucao 7, Con-ui 6, King 5, Mumar 4, Laguna 4, Rosell 2.
Quarterscores: 13-21; 31-35; 47-51; 72-67.