UNIVERSITY of Cebu scored a 79-66 victory over Cebu Institute of Technology-University to end their first round on a high note in the Cesafi basketball tournament on Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.
Tosh Sesay of Sierra Leone had 20 points and 24 rebounds as well as two steals and two blocks as the Webmasters evened their win-loss record at 3-3.
Darrell Shane Menina added 18 points and four assists, while Luigi Gabisan came off the bench and gave UC a much-needed spark with 12 points, three steals and three blocked shots.
UC broke the game wide open in the third with a 9-3 run for a 59-41 advantage.
CIT-U got to within 11 points, 60-71, but UC scored eight unanswered points to seal the victory and send the Wildcats to its fifth loss in six games.
Jemcerson Sable scored 19 points, while Jesse Aloro Jr. and JC Escalona had 15 points each for CIT-U.
University of San Jose-Recoletos ended a five-game skid with a 77-61 win over University of Southern Philippines Foundation
With USPF’s American wingman Sameen Swint sitting the game out because of a uniform issue, USJ-R took full advantage of the high-scoring guard’s absence with a 17-2 rally in the third period that gave USJ-R a 54-35 lead.
Renz Solomon scored 17 and made four assists and four steals, while Miguel Gastador also scored 17 while adding 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks as the Jaguars scored their second win in seven matches.
Karl Langahin scored 16 for the Panthers, who dropped to 3-4.