CEBU CITY — Southwestern University edged University of San Carlos, 68-66, on Sunday at the Cebu City Sports Institute to earn the right to represent the Philippines in the men’s basketball tournament of the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
The Cobras, who won over the Warriors in five games in the Cesafi finals, topped the Asian University Basketball Championship by nipping the Warriors after squandering a 21-point lead.
Myongji University claimed third place with a 73-70 win over University of the Visayas.
SWU was in control in the first half but the Warriors, led by Cameroonian import Shooster Olago, cut the deficit down to nine, 50-59, heading to the fourth and moved to within one, 66-67, with 8.8 seconds left.
Jasper Parker was fouled with 3.7 seconds remaining and split his free throws. But SWU’s Daryl Goloran grabbed the offensive rebound as time expired to give the Cobras the win and the P50,000 cash prize.
Cameroon's Landry Sanjo scored 18 points and was named tournament MVP, Parker added 17 and Mark Tallo chipped in with 12.
Olago paced USC with 16, while Victor Rabat added 12.
The Cobras set the pace early, using a 10-0 run for a 25-12 first period lead capped by a lay-up and a three-pointer by American import Bendly Valdor. They remained ahead 42-29 at halftime and then threatened to put the game away in the third as a strong drive by Parker and a scoop shot by Tallo gave them a 52-31 lead.