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    SWU Cobras secure top two spot in semis with squeaker over UV Lancers

    Nov 6, 2019
    PHOTO: Ron Tolin

    CEBU CITY — Shaquille Imperial came up with a steal and a three-point play in the closing seconds to lift Southwestern University past University of the Visayas, 70-67, in the Cesafi basketball tournament on Tuesday at the Cebu Coliseum.

    SWU’s ninth win in 11 games assured the Cobras of a top two finish and a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

    UV slipped to third with a 7-4 record with one game left in the eliminations.

    The Green Lancers held a 67-65 lead after veteran forward Monic Soliva banked in a basket off a well-executed inbound play with just 32 seconds remaining.

    SWU-Phinma however, equalized at 67 as Imperial went coast-to-coast for a left-handed layup, leaving UV with 21 ticks to work with.

    UV immediately sued for time and inbounded the ball under SWU-Phinma’s basket.

    Jancork Cabahug’s pass to Gabriel Cometa got tipped away from behind by Imperial, who immediately picked it up and put it in for the go-ahead bucket while getting fouled by Cometa.

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    Imperial made the bonus free-throw with 17.8 seconds to go for the final count as Sheldon Gahi missed his three-point try.

    Lamine Thiam paced SWU-Phinma with 18 points and 14 rebounds, William Polican and Red Cachuela added 12 markers each, while Dyll Roncal contributed 10 points and six rebounds.

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